Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hello again!

Hi, Everyone!
I have been trying for hours to share many things with you tonight,
with only my thoughts to show for it...
Google Chrome won't let me in to the admin side,
and Explorer refuses to upload any photos,
so I will just share my best wishes for
Happy Crafting, and come back tomorrow,
 hopefully to be able to bring us up to date!
I truly have been a busy bee,
and I hope you have, too!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Trick or Treat

Halloween is upon us, and I have a few treats to share... mostly cards that I have made for family and friends.  I hope you will enjoy, since we ghouls just want to have fun!
A new stamp I picked up at Michael's this year.
Colored with Copics.  Love this cat!

The Count is from a Close to My Heart set and you can get it here.
The sentiment about Candy Corn is a very old one from my stash.
The Spider and Drippy Goo punches are Martha Stewart.


This one is for my Grandson P who has decided to be something
"scary" this year... a bat!  The stamps are 
Studio G Soloz collection (sorry about the glare).
The bat punch is from K @ Co. and the 
paper is from DCWV Ghosts & Goblins stack. 
I used Copics Opaque White and Smooch for the cloud and moon.


More Studio G stamps, Copics, and DCWV paper on this one, 
along with a bit of Glaze from Sakura.  



Our Jack-O-Lanterns are super easy this year!
This is a 3 liter soda from the Dollar Tree,
 (about 2/3 of the soda was gone and I just filled it with water!)
Add a vinyl, paper or drawn-on face,
a nice green bow,
color the lid with markers 
and you have a "no muss, no fuss" punkin!
This fun fellow was cut from the 
"Pumpkin Carving" Cricut cartridge.
Make a whole family with different size bottles :)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!


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Monday, October 14, 2013

O Holy Night

It's hard to believe that I am posting Christmas cards as I am still making Halloween and Thanksgiving cards... but I'm excited about all of them!


This gorgeous card is 5 x 5.5 and makes a stunning presentation of the night sky.
There is a black layer 3.75  x 4.  
Using the Martha Stewart City Skyline punch, add two strips of skyline across the bottom third. 
The bottom layer is attached with dimensional dots.
The top white card is 4 x 4.25.  Cut a center hole with a 3" die cutter.
Use dimensional dots to center over the night scene.
Add a 1.25 inch Star of Bethlehem, with a small gem in the center.
Dot the night sky with white ink to indicate background stars, then
use Silver Stickles to dot on some stars, and Crystal Stickles to add luster to the roof tops.

Use the Martha Stewart Branch Punch to cut out approximately 25 branches. 
Layer them to create the wreath around the opening.
Top with small green holly leaves cut from a Martha Stewart Holly border punch. Use a stylus and foam pad to round the leaves for dimension.  Glue two to a cluster around the wreath.
Add three small seed beads to each pair of holly leaves to represent berries.

Stamp "O Holy Night" in the margin at the bottom of the card.  Use Silver Stickles to dot right in the center of each starburst on the lettering.  

Stamp desired sentiment inside.

Would you be interested in pre-made kits of this card?
Please leave me a comment!

Happy crafting ~


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Bendy Card Crazy!

I have been inspired by several talented blogging friends, like Emma Fewkes and Cards by Bird, as well as a wonderful tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers... and now I am all over making Bendy Cards!


These great cards create a scene, yet fold flat to go into a regular envelope!
I have made my own adjustments to their designs, and I cut my paper to 4.25 x 11.
Score at 5.5.  Then cut the left side (facing the card) down to 2.5 inches, leaving a 2.5 inch tall "front" on the card.  The remaining piece that you have removed is 1.75 x 5.5.  This will become the "right arm". 
Score the "left arm end" at  .25 of an inch.  Then score the 1.75 x 5.5 inch piece .5 on the right end and .25 on the left end.  Use double sided tape to attach the .5 inch end to the back of the card, creating the two "arms".  The left arm is taller than the right, as shown in the photo below.
I have taken a pencil and free hand drawn the "hill".  Cut with scissors.  
Cut a tab into the .25 inch scored section on each arm.
Measure 2.25 inches from the left scored edge, and cut a slit for the right tab to fit into.  Measure the spot, and use the tab to mark the top and bottom of the slip.  Cut with craft knife.
The slit for the left arm tab is 1.25 inches from the right side, cut into the back wall of the card.  Again, use the tab of the left arm as the guide for exact fit of the slip.
Distress and add decorations as desired!



This birthday cake is an adaptation, because the "arms" wrap all the way from side to side.  
Cakes have straight layers, and I wanted to be sure it looked like a beautiful cake,
with frosting inside and out!
It will not fit into a regular A2 envelope, as the candles add a bit of height,
and the "arms" add length,
so a 5 x 7 envelope is needed...
but so worth it!

Here is a cheery, sunny, Get Well garden for a friend.
The sun image is a great one from my
Digital Delights by LoubyLoo files!
Here are the two arms outstretched, and you can see the .25 inch tabs.

One more!
Looking ahead to the holidays!  
The sign on the back "wall" says "Warmest Wishes!"
and that's what I wish for you!

Thanks for allowing me this few moments in your inbox today.
I hope you get a bit of inspiration,
and give these fun projects a try.
Let me know if you have any questions, 
and show me pictures of your efforts on

Happy crafting ~

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Legions of Minions!

At our Friday Try-Day class last week we made this card, and it was so much fun seeing how many different faces and personalities these little fellows had!  I sent one right off to my Grandson T for his 12th birthday.  I hope you will enjoy making them, too!


The sentiment inside was
You're One In A MINION!


Cut yellow cardstock 4.25 x 11 and score at 5.5, creating a top fold.  Use corner rounder on top edges.
Distress all around with dark yellow ink.  I used Close To My Heart Creme Brulee.
Add a black stripe .25 inch wide across the width of the card to create the band for the goggles.
Make the goggles by punching a 1 3/8" circle in Tanzanite Gemstone paper by Co'ordinations.
Then carefully punch a 1.75 inch circle directly over the previous circle, creating a silver ring.  Repeat if your Minion has two eyes  :o)
Punch out the appropriate number of 1.75 inch white circles and .5 inch black circles for eyes.
The mouth is made the same way as the goggles, but a slightly "wonky" circle works best.  Cut a part of the circle, and arrange the mouth as desired.

Using blue paper for jeans, cut two rectangles and two "straps".
The rectangles are 1.5 x 2.5 and 1.25 x 1.5.  The straps are .25 wide and fit to length.
Distress ink with darker blue. 
Add stitching lines and "buttons" with black fine line marker.

I hope you will enjoy this card project! 

I'm off to another crop!

Happy crafting~
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Frosty Friend

Using straight and wavy crimpers is a great way to add dimension and interest when creating a scene.


Begin with a 4 x 5.25 blue background.  Emboss with small dots.  (Cuttlebug Swiss Dots here).
This stamped snowman image is set upon two "hills" created by tearing a 2 x 4 rectangle diagonally. Run each piece through the wavy crimper.  Turn the ends so they create overlapping hills.  Secure the sides and bottom to the base.
Add two evergreen trees, which have been folded down the center line, and also run through the crimper.  This gives them dimension and the impression of having branches.
Add a section of die cut fence.
Add the colored, stamped image.
Stamp a "Merry Christmas" sentiment on a stamped oval, which is attached with dimensional foam dots.

This Cool Yule card is easy to reproduce with many different products on the market. 
If I can answer any questions for you, please leave me a comment,  or send me an email.

Happy Crafting ~


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Never wishi WASHI!

I have a new love for Washi Tape!  It is available just about everywhere, even Walmart, in great colors and designs.  I have started a nice little collection (er, obsession) and this is a fun, easy note card in one of my favorite color combos....

Cut base cardstock 4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5, folded at the top.
Use corner rounder on the bottom corners.
Cut two white pieces 4 x 5.25, also rounded on the two corners.
Add three strips of color coordinated washi tape.
Stamp the cat first (Studio G stamp)
Then stamp "hello" (Studio G)
Add second white card to inside as liner.
Great in any color combo :o)

I hope you will enjoy making some fun, easy cards to say"hello"!
Hello, Anna!
I'll be back soon with a cool Christmas card!

Happy crafting ~
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Christmas in July

Friday Try-Day started off with three great cards they expected and then
 the ladies got a special surprise of a 
Christmas In July Card!!
This Splitcoast Stampers inspired card was so much fun to make, 
and they loved using the traditionally "halloween" Drippy Goo punch for the candles.

Here's how to make one for yourself!
Begin with an A2 background in red... 8.5 x 5.5 folded to 4.25 x 5.5
White 4 x 5.25 embossed with Snowflake design by Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)
Red cardstock cut to 2.75 x 3.75.  Add strip of punched Drippy Goo across top. 
Cut red/white piece into three - 1 x 2.75, 1.25 x 2.75 and the remainder is 1.5 x 2.75.
Use corner rounder (I used We R. Memory Keepers 1/4 Chompers) on candle edges.
Distress sides of candles with Vintage Photo Distress ink for depth.
Layer candles to desired positions and trim bottom edges evenly.  Glue together.
Place as single unit on card, 5.8" from the bottom of white card.
Punch out four holly leaves and six branch punch pieces.  Mold with ball stylus.  Adhere.
Use standard office hole punch for berries.  Mold to cup shape, invert and glue in place.
Add flames cut from flower petals.
Accent with red and silver Stickles.

Enjoy!  I'll be back with you again soon!
Happy crafting ~
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Puppy Palace Album


I'm as happy as a camel on hump day!  Yesterday I couldn't upload any photos anywhere, even here on my blog, and today I am able to show you the second in my 
Home Sweet Home Album Series!

Here is the Puppy Palace Album
Each album creates a chipboard frame house, 
decorated with exclusive cuttables, 
and each is loaded with printables you can use to tell the story of your
Pet, 
Family,
Holidays,
Vacations,
and much, much more!

Begin to build your Home Sweet Home neighborhood today!

Tutorials, kits and showcases are available.
First complete kits are $55. plus shipping.
Discounts for subsequent kits!
Write me at 
BettyBeeDesigns @ hotmail dot com 
for details!


Happy crafting ~
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Home Sweet Home Series Introduced!

At long last a project that I have been dreaming has started coming together, and I am so pleased to introduce you to the first in a series of new houses in the neighborhood!

I am having server issues, and can't seem to upload photos or videos ... very frustrating!.... but want you to know that I have the kits and information that I have posted on my facebook page ready for you!

The Home Sweet Home Album Series is a great book, encased in a box shaped like a house, and the first edition will be the LOVE AT HOME album that will be perfect for a first home, your home, bringing baby home, a gift for someone who is moving, or any other special event having to do with home.  It is matted with Fancy Pants Hopscotch papers, and embellished with original PRINTABLES and created with windows, doors, greenery, fences, even a kitty that are all original CUTTABLES.  You get the entire kit, (chipboard, cardstock, designer paper, hardware, tutorial, showcase, and cuttables!) for just $55.00

When you get your next kit, you save money, because you already have the tutorial!

The next one coming out this week will be the PUPPY PALACE, which is Home Sweet Home for our precious Pups!

Coming next will be the LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE, ideal for all of those wonderful school photos and capturing the memories of the classroom and childhood.

Down the road are THE BEACH HOUSE,  THE CLUB HOUSE,  THE PLAY HOUSE,  THE LITTLE MONSTERS' HAUNTED HOUSE,  NANA'S HOUSE,  CHRISTMAS HOUSE, and more!!

Each one is created from the very same tutorial, but with a different outside treatment, paper lines, PRINTABLES and CUTTABLES!!

SINCE I AM HAVING COMPUTER ISSUES (So very sorry about that!! ~ It may be the storms we are having here in FL), if you are interested, please email me at the address in the sidebar, and I will communicate with you by email, and send you a paypal invoice, and get your kit on it's way to you!

Remember, you can view the video on my facebook page, and I hope to have it up on YouTube, and here soon.

Happy crafting !
BettyBee
(See, even my cute bee signature has flown away ~ gremlins, I tell you!!)


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Simple Silhouette Images

This month's Friday Try-Day cards featured several varied techniques, as usual, and I'll start with this trendy look of using a detailed stamp, and blocking it out to make it a silhouette.
We started by punching a sticky note "sun" and deciding where we wanted our horizon to be.  
Sketch in a very light line with a permanent pen.
Using a stencil brush and yellow ink, brush back and forth to add the yellow layer all the way across the card.  Place the sun mask along the horizon in desired position.
Now begin brushing in layers of orange, pink, and purple for the sky.
Add blues and greens for for the water.
Stamp the bird, tree and grasses.  
Color in all open areas with a marker, creating the silhouettes, extending any areas to edges as necessary..
Use a fine line pen to add water movement lines. 
Add your sentiment of choice to the water area.  

This technique works best as a card front layer, as the marker will bleed through the cardstock. 
Mat and add to folded card for finished card ready for presentation. 

This works very well with all sorts of stamped images, including ones that didn't give a good impression the first time, and can be saved this way!  

I hope you enjoyed one of our Friday Try-Day projects, and will give it a TRY yourself!

See you again soon with more ..........
Happy crafting ~

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Yudu Cardmaker Projects

Who can resist a great sale?  I found a super sale on the Yudu silk screen CardMaker, and have been having a lot of fun working on some cool projects.
With silk screen you get crisp, clean images with extraordinary detail.
The Cardmaker offers pre-burned screens with images and sentiments.  
You squeegee ink over the screen, making as many copies of the image as you want. 

This image was screened with a mask, allowing use of both pink and chocolate inks.
It can be used on lots of different surfaces, like this soft pink cotton.
This baby onesie needs a bit of heat setting with an iron,
 and the image is permanent!

Check out Provo Craft for the Yudu Cardmaker for lots of versatile printing fun.

More later ...............
Happy crafting !



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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Friday Try-Day Cards and Projects

Last month our Friday Try-Day project was a Card Box ensemble to hold cards for all occasions.
It is nice to have an organized place for all of the cards we create as we are learning all of the new techniques we try out, and those great designs we CASE from Pinterest!  LOL

Today I am sharing one of our Friday Try-Day cards from April, which was waiting in the box for a time, sadly, when it would be needed to cheer someone in need.
"Just a Little Prayer"
The inside sentiment says "That God will keep you in His care".
That seems appropriate for the 
I FEEL THE LOVE PROJECT for this month.
This blog, and the work they do is very precious to me. 
Madison, the teenage founder of this Non-profit organization is a talented
young woman with a giant heart.  Since she was 16 years old she has chosen a different family
 each month that could benefit
 from receiving handmade cards. 
This month's story is of a 6 month old angel named 
Baby Mason
who was born with special needs,
and then tragically died at the hands of a drunk driver. 
My card will be delivered to his grieving parents.
I hope you will take a moment to check out this website, and 
perhaps join in sending a card...
There is a new mission every month.  

The lace stamp set as well as the sentiments are available from Close To My Heart.
The lace was heat embossed in white onto pale gray cardstock,
then distressed with Sapphire Blue ink over the top.  Use a paper towel
to buff the image and bring the white back to brilliance.
The butterfly was cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, also from CTMH. 
The pearl brads are from Making Memories.
Mat with black, and mount on a blue card.
Line with another gray insert with the sentiment stamped in blue.

I hope you are inspired to do something creative today.

Happy crafting ~

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Mighty Mini Album - New Edition

Occasionally we come across a design that is so much fun that we want to make it over and over, and this album seems to be it for me!  Last year I introduced this Mighty Mega Mini Album to you in three other designs, A Beautiful Baby (Graphic 45's Little Darling paper), a Spooky Halloween, here... and  in an elegant Black and White Romantic version.  This handy 5.5 x 6.5 size is perfect for seasonal or special occasion events, and is ideal for working with one pack of paper, such as this one from Stampin' Up. 

A friend asked me to make one for a graduation gift in purples and blues.

Add some butterflies from K and Co., Texture from a Darice embossing Folder...

Lots of interest and space for photos and journaling in easy to assemble stacked pockets...

Movement and form create lots of fun!

Totally tags! 

More pockets, pearls and plenty of picture places!


Six easy to assemble pages in a very versatile book....
That give you the opportunity to make it to suit any desired look...
What is your next event?  
Wedding?
Tropical Vacation?
Graduation?
Baby?
I'm sure you will see me showing it again one of these days soon :)

The 13 page, photo laden tutorial for this album is available on the right side of this blog, and there is an archived class on my UStream channel showing how I made one!  Download it, and you can refer to it as desired.

I know you haven't seen much of me lately, but I have been a busy bee!  There are a couple of new tutorials coming along very soon, and I've been having some great classes locally.  I will try to get more of the goodies on here to share with you!

Happy crafting!


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