Gathering Ink and Paper to Craft a Card

Ink or no ink

Ink? Yes, you still use it, but this is using the print outs from last post. Did you download the Free designs? They are great for card making….so how do you make a card?

I make A2 cards…that is a 8-1/2 by 11 piece of cardstock cut in half and scored at 4-1/4″. To make the fold flat, use a bone folder to make the fold crisp and flat.

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Sympathy Cards no fun to Create

Colorful card
Black white version
Flowers and Navy and White

The above cards are from a old stamp set, real old.  That is why you see me say get this stamp set now, before retired and not sold anymore.  Yes, life constantly changes.

One good thing, basic black, basic white and night of navy are my go to colors.  The stampin Up! Card stock is 80 pound weight, this in turns creates the best cards you are happy to create and give.

Click on any photo below to go to my shop.  I have been having some back issues, so I have not been faithful with this blog.  Those who know, everyday pain starts to interfere with enjoying life.

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Monday Monday

Tulips are a blooming
Timeless Tulips is a great set…order both for happy creating

I love this set, create beautiful cards, book marks and any paper crafter ‘s dream. I use it for get well soon cards, sympathy, birthday and just hello. The card shown is just 8-1/2 by 11 card stock, cut in half the long way, cut at 4-1/4 inches. This makes it 11 inches long by 4-1/4 inches wide. Score at 5-1/2 inches, fold in half. I next stamped the leaves on a piece of basic white…note, whisper white has a new name

I used cherry cobbler ink on whisper white and stamped Tulip heads, punched out with punch, Tulip Builder punch.

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Order today before they Retire

This set from retired…can no longer get
Today is the last day to order the above stamp set…..retiring May 3, 2021
Deer will be available but the background is already sold out….
High Tide, will be missed greatly, retiring May 3, 2021….yes tdaoy…

This paper will be retiring today, no longer available after today, May 3, 2021…If you love it, order today.

The above set is a set I loved again and again..

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I can go on and on…go check out the retiring page and please order with Me, Betty Bickford. Click anything below to order with me….. Thank you for checking and and enjoy the day!!!


Rooted in Nature..only till May 2,2021

After May 2, 2021 will be retired…not able to order

Yes, it is retiring, which means, no longer available…. Oh, how I will miss this lovely set. Great for guy cards, sympathy cards and just Thinking of You. The set and dies came in 2018, now they are retiring. Don’t miss out.

Love the springs and the leaves, can use with so many other sets….plus the leaves can be die cut using the dies. The wood slice was fussy cutted and edged with a darker color.

The mighty Oak, beautiful, simple….can you say Simple Stamping…. the thanks die cut is from a word set, that is now sold out, no longer can be ordered. This is why I say, if interested, order as soon as you can ASAP.

I just saw my all time favorite stamp set, Healing Hugs, is now sold out…. No longer being made, now a collectors item…

set that will never go out of style….only while supply lasts.
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Oh my, It Is Snowing…

Yes April 20,2021 and snowing and crafting.  Card making everyday…keeps sorrow away

yes…today is April 21..UPDATE, snowed even more….see the video

snowing in April in Michigan

This set is a water color set and will be retiring, May 2, 2021. So many uses

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Spring Flowers, Allergies, Butterflies, Sinus Infection….

Yes, I have been down for a bit….it is sinus infection an allergies…kicking me.

Today is the first day in about a month I can function.

Yes, I went to my doctor, yes, I am vaccinated for covid… and yes, thankful things are getting better!

Covid is not good here in Michigan and I have been inside 90% the time…go nowhere but for groceries and walk the dog.

The above is a image of the Easter card I did this year. Mostly made with product no longer available.

The rays of sunshine is from a stencil I made, simple and easy. The cross was fussy cutted out and the grass was sponged/stencil on in Garden Green. The He has risen is punched from the double oval punch. Yes, the double oval punch is still available.

Yes, it is retirement season for Stampin’ Up! products. If you see something you like and it is retiring, get it now before it is gone. I ordered some dies call written words and they are no longer available. The retirement happens to bring on new product. Nothing wrong with the product retiring, just that new items come to keep the creativity going.

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Friday Already for Spring Forward Weekend

Yes, I took the above photographs of butterflys…on my walks of 2020…I am blessed living in a wooded area with many flowers and trees of all kinds. Yes, it is March and allergy and sinus issues come with the sunshine and pollen. I have been ill the past week cause of sinus infection, it was so bad I was dizzy and my ear had major pain…no fun. My dear hubby had to put up with me being crabby. Yes, I got to the doctor and yes, I am wearing a mask on my walks outside to take my dear, Miguel (dog) for nature calls.

The below is the cards I have been working on:

The paper is so beautiful all the sheets are 6″ x6″ and can be used in so many ways.

The layout shows, it is your standard A2 card, taking a sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock cutting in half to make 2 card bases, 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Yes, score at at 4-1/4″ to make your A2 card.

Note the strip of DSP (designer series Paper) is 2″ strip. So take the 6″ x 6″ paper and cut into 2″ strips…yes, I do this alot. I than make it 4-1/4″ wide, so to fit front. I punched out a 2-1/4″ circle from the 2-1/4″ circle punch…doesn’t it look great. Yes on some I added a strip of plain color card stock. I have them ready for sentiments.

Truly a amazing stamp set with matching dies.

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Butterfly or Moth?

Butterfly Brillance

Love this set with matching dies. Do you know what the difference of a butterfly and moths. Well Butterflys when they land, they tent their wings. Moths do not tent, they lay flat….many more differences I will share in the coming days.

The above may look familar, yes it is from a stamp set I can not get enought of, called Positive Thoughts. The paper is from the fern stamp in Positive Thoughts. The below is what it looked like before I cut it up for card fronts.

The above is what the stamp set looks like, one big stamp….

Yes, the butterflys were fussy cutted for the card…oh wow

I fussy cut cause I like the look…but don’t fret, dies come with this set and one die cuts all the butterflys at once…so cool.

Stamping everyday, keeps the sad days away…..enjoy!

Yes, please shop with me, so I can get Grayson some cat food, yes, he is a healthy kitty.

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