Creating This and That

This is my desk right now…yep, messy, messy. I have so many projects going at once. That is OK cause it is blowing snow and snowing hard….yep…winter in Michigan.

New DSP (Designer series Paper)

The above paper is my go to….yes, it is watercolor looking with backgrounds, it is being used in so many ways.

These two stamp sets are available until the end of February 2022. They are apart of Sale e bration, you can get them free with a $50.00 purchases…..they are my go tos. I have many cards to make.

I have not been busy putting creations up, things hit home and you just say. OK. I have sent out many cards to friends who are ill, feeling blue cause of the bad weather and Covid. Now, many do not want to talk about Covid, but it has hit here hard in our town. I am blessed, it is not hit our home but has come very close. Wear the mask and Yes, get vacinnated and boosted.

I miss so many things, so I have dwelled in making cards, some with old stamps and some with new.

I first state the stamp, yes, I do this lots of times…just to give an idea.

So, I did it, and gave a smear…yep it happens…OK, let fix it

Yes, I made it worse with more trys…..but finally, I had one and cut it out and put over the smear….

I cut the paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″ for card front, then added the overlay to cover the ink spot. Notice, I also color the tires black. One van is up higher than the other….no big deal…bother are ok.

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Last Day of 2021

Yes, the days of 2021 are coming to an end…praying your 2021 was better than what I was dealt with.

January, started with Aunt very ill with Covid, she pulled through…thank you God. February, March, still went no where cause of Covid. March I was able to get my first vaccine. April, May, June…made it through…things looking up. July, eek….Aunt Fell broke jaw, so I stayed with her several weeks….she lived out of town and I was away from Husband and my sweet dog…oh, no fun. August, I had a infusion for Osteoporosis and it helped. That same day, my brother was in hospital but I could not see him cause of Covid restrictions….no he did not have Covid, just limited 2 visitors a day. Two days later, he passed, it was heart breaking, totally sad and it shook me to my core. At this time, I did not go to funeral cause I was still helping Aunt out and did not want to infect here with Covid Virus if I came in contact at church. Oh ya, I have not been to church but to my brother’s showing (where my husband and I and two others only had masks on……hence, why I did not go to funeral). September came, was to have knee replacement, could not cause I had a tooth issue…got than done…delayed surgery. Finally October 13th, surgery date, well was moved from Original hospital out of town cause Hospital filled with Covid Patients. Surgery done, recooped and now December and doing better. Ending the year praying 2022 better.

So, that is why I was limited on my postings, WoW, never a boring moment for this old lady. Yes, I am not young but I am still enjoying life. Yes, I love to create, creating is a life style, brings joy to yourself and others… matter how things get bad.

Yes, I knit, Sew, Quilt and lots of paper crafting. This is why I am so thankful for Stampin’ Up!…..the days of 2020 and 2021 have been many days of staying home…… Yes, I take precautions, so that is why no in person classes. As I write this, our hospital is so full, it is a big hospital and they are adding 39 beds….Can not get sick. I will be doing more videos this year and some card classes by mail…..

so what have I been doing…..lots of card making…below are some samples.

Many Sympathy cards this year… sad….so hard to make

Favorite Die Set…….
Favorite Stamp!
2021 making session
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Blog hop to Showcase Favorite Sale-a-Bration item.

so many cool items to get at $50.00 or $100.00 purchase during Sale-a-Bration. Oh, so many great items that Free with purchase.

Don’t Delay in ordering, items are limited, very limited cause of Covid and shipping issues.

The paper in the background is from sale-a-bration, this is free with a $50.00 purchase. The background is birch tree…so beautiful and fitting.

The paper I love is birch with the stripe back…..

The card is simple but looks great…..

Here is how you cut the pieces….

The back is crumb cake, cut at 4″ x 5-1/2″. The DSP is 4″ x 5-1/4″, DSP ia Designer Series Paper, than the DSP lays on top of the card base, card base is white. The size of the base is 8″ x 5-1/4″ scored at 4″

The stamp set I used is Peaceful Deer, I am in love with this set. It has deer, trees and beautiful greetings. Also a matching punch. I did not use the punch, I fussy cutted (hand cut) the deer after I stamped on white card stock. You see than used markers to color him.

I used mossy meadow for the trees and also the greeting. I use mossy meadow on many cards, it is the perfect green.

Inside I used 2 strips of 1″ x 5-1/4″ to make the sides look nice.,,,,, I made boo boos, so I had to cover the up. Below is the inside before I added the strips…oops

Yes, ink spot and than I have smudges on the right side…..thats fix it…aka cover up.

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help you. Have a great day!

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Peaceful Prints 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper
Peaceful Deer Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
Peaceful Deer Bundle (English)
Deer Builder Punch
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad
Double Oval Punch
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Paper Trimmer
Paper Snips

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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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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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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The Butterflies are Here!

I am Grayson, I love butterflies, I am helping Mom….oh me, oh my, how we love this set.

The butterflies are wonderful….yes, one big stamp…using Stampin’ Blends give them all a great beauty of color.

The bundle features butterflies from around the globe including Clouded Yellow (Europe), Black Veined White (Europe & Asia), Coppers (New Zealand), Swallowtail (North America), Blue Copper (North America), and Painted Lady (Australia).

The above shows the dies, the stamp set and paper available…all lovely. Note the 6 x 6 paper will only be available till May 2021…limited offer. You can use your imagination in coloring, not limited to the type of butterfly.

You will be seeing me using this bundle in the next few days….butterflies on the brain.

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Butterflies are Coming

The above card will be giving step by step tutorial when it is available March 3rd.

Don’t miss out on the below paper……

Can not say enough….oh how I love this paper…It will be available March 2 to May 3rd only….

So if you want it now, you can by joining my team…Create Joy Give Joy. Plus, you can get $125.00 of product of your choice for $99.00. Yes, than it would be a great time to save 20% on all your purchases. No you do not need to demonstrate. contact me.

OK…will get back to cooking have something fun to share, soon….new way in banana bread making.

Good Day Betty Bickford


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Spreading Love and Hope to others

Yes, days are flying by…..Above are tags, I make alot of tags, cards. Right Now, Hope is what we need.

Simple stamping is the best. Hidetide, a stamp set to use over and over. Yes, here in Michigan it is fitting to have this stamp set and always fun to create with.

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I used basic red, called Cherry Cobbler. I used so much of this red, I had to purchase extra refills

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What punches are those??? The look different? When you make tags, punches add to the speed. Take a 2″ strip of paper, insert into punch and instant fun. Yes, you can make them as long as you like. Yes, I use them to make bookmarks also…. One is the scallop tag topper punch and the other is Delightful Tag Topper Punch. Yes, you can make your paper strips less than a 2″ strip but my goto is 2″

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Paper Pumpkin is a Paper Crafters Dream

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Last months February 2021 is now history, you only can get when you are a subscriber. Time to time they may offer again but they usually sell out quickly. Above is a sneek peak for March 2021.

Every month has a video on how to put together and you can find other ideas also in our Paper Pumpkin Group.

Here was the February 2021 kit and a video of the kit instructions.

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