Welcome to my Blog!

So many of my friends have said to me, "Betty, you should have a Blog, it's so easy to do".

Here's my attempt at Blogging. My name is Betty (aka Scottie), I'm from North Carolina. I've been involved in a variety crafts over the years, computer crafts, machine embroidery. I enjoy making cards, boxes, bags and items for the home. Here you will find some of my projects (past and present).

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Monday, April 26, 2010

I had the chance to do some more experimenting today. Of course it was cut on the Cricut. The card below is the result. You can download the file here I got the idea for this file from Amazing Paper Grace Becca is an amazing artist.

Do you want to know a secret? This file is two separate pieces.
The Butterfly cuts completely out, then just the very center of the Butterfly is glued back in the cut out area. Then when dried you lift up the wings and add a pearl.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Good Morning Everyone. There's another budding Artist in my home, my DD Kelly. She wanted me to upload a picture of what she made early this morning. Last night she was wishing out loud, wish I had some yarn, wish I had some popsicle sticks. So I dug into my craft supply stash and found the yarn and popsicle sticks. But then she needed 2 different colors of yarn. That's when my brain kicked in gear... sent Kelly to get a sandwich bag. We put 2 strands of yarn in the bag and sprayed Glimmer Mist on the yarn....it worked!! Here's a picture of her God's Eye. She did a great job!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Animal Cracker Box

Oh WOW!! I actually accomplished something new and I'm pretty proud of myself. When you get my age it doesn't take much to become proud of your accomplishments.

(Accomplishment #1) I worked with Inkscape today, something I haven't done in months. There was a lot of trial and error, final I accomplished making a file of the Animal Cracker Box. I have tested it out and it turned out ok. I cut it out on 12 x 12 cardstock.

Accomplishment #2 I opened up a 4share account and uploaded my file. If interested you can download it here. Hope you find it useful. This is my first file ever uploaded and shared.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Paper Bow

Here's a Paper Bow that I made several months back. I believe someone made a SVG file for it. I made one but lost it. I might have to make a new file, if I can locate the measurements.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Good Morning Everyone
I hope everyone has a super day!
Yesterday Penny Duncan uploaded a beautiful file on her Blog. Penny is an extremely talented and a very giving person. She works hard creating so many amazing designs then freely shares them with everyone. I immediately fell in love with her Hat Box. I had to try it out right then and there. I finished it this morning...here's the result, isn't it cute!

Here's a mock up of my Anniversary Card to my Husband. I have plenty of time to make the final version of the card, since Our Anniversary is in June. Again the center of the card was created by Penny Duncan...Thanks Penny!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hello, welcome back!
Today I decided to share the outcome of some of my experiments, the following comments are just my opinion.
For my first experiment I compared UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and Glossy Accents to achieve "Glass Look Flowers". To be fair I used Ivory Flower Table Confetti in each case. First I colored the flowers using Pigment Ink Pad to color the flowers, let them dry throughly. Then shaped each flower. The next step was to heat my Melting Pot for 5 to 10 minutes, then I pour in the UTEE and let it completely melt. After dipping the flowers in the solution I let them cool off and dry on Reynolds Wrap Release which is a non stick aluminum foil. The flowers had a hard shell high gloss finish....perfect!!!

The second part of my experiment was to use Glossy Accent. I applied it to the flowers straight from the bottle. First off the flowers flattened and it took a lot longer to dry. The flower had a shine but did not have the glass look I wanted and I had to reshape the flowers after they dried.
I also experimented with ways to color the flowers, I need to mention here that the flowers used in this experiment has a shimmer to it. I tried Pigment Ink Pad and Glimmer Mist. The Glimmer Mist wanted to bead up. The Pigment Ink covered very well and dried a lot faster.

Here you can see the how each product turned out in my experiment. Which looks more like glass to you?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Here's a box that idea evovled from an Animal Cracker Box. I just had to try it. I got the idea from Tracy's Blog http://inky-doodles.blogspot.com/2009/06/box-o-animal-crackers-tutorial.html

Sunday, April 18, 2010

It's getting harder and harder for me to do what I enjoy most....create! My arthritis is getting so bad that any movement of my fingers on my right hand causes pain that is almost unbearable. Any way I made this card this morning, it's similar to the one I posted yesterday. Unfortunately with the angle I had to take the picture the bottom of the card looks crooked, I assure it's not.
Here's a few labels that I made last week. After I printed out the words, I cut them out with Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio 2 and then dipped them into UTEE. Now they look like the epoxy stickers.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Finally getting around to uploading pictures of some of my lastest projects. Here's the flowers that I dipped into the melted UTEE, don't they look like glass. I love explosion boxes, here's a example of an Octagon Explosion box I made, below this picture is what it looks like opened. I created the file so it could be cut out on my Cricut.
My friend made a bag similar to this gift bag. I made a template and then converted it to a file that I could cut it with my Cricut.
I've seen several like the one I made below, so I had to see if I can make one similar.
I'll be posting more pictures later in the week, I hope.


Hello Friends,
I've been busy experimenting and having fun with UTEE. I'm amazed at what all can be done with this product. I plan to do more experimenting soon. So far I've used UTEE on (white) paper flowers that I bought at Michael's in the Bridal Dept. I colored them with Pigment Ink, let them throughly dry then gave them some shape. Then I dipped each one in UTEE....OMG they turned out so good. They looked like glass. For my next project I printed out some sayings, cut them out using my Cuttlebug and Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Tri 2. Then dipped them in melted UTEE...they look just like expoxy stickers. As soon as I can I'll take pictures and post them here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cuttlebug Challenges Giveaway

Wow!!! You need to check out Cuttlebug Challenges Blogspot they are having a super give away. Wouldn't you want like to win the new Cricut Cake Bundle with Cartridges? That's just one of the Super prizes they are giving away.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I'm sorry I haven't been a very good Blogger. It's been too long since I have uploaded any images of what I've been creating. I decided that I should finish taking pictures and upload them tonight and share them with my friends.

I got the idea for this one from Dawn 5377 on Youtube, I thought it was so cute. Lemonade anyone? Here I was experimenting with adding coloring to the center of my flowers.
Since I have a love of Spinner Cards I decided to see if I could make a Circular Spinner Card. I designed it in SCAL and cut it on my Expression. The flower was also cut on my Expression. There were three people who had created a similar flower so I can't remember who designed the one I used here. I used homemade fluff for the center.
This Spinner Card was actually my first attempt at creating a Circular Spinner Card.I cut the scallop for the next two cards on my Expression. The first card you can see the paper I marblized, using shaving cream and Jim Holtz Alcohol Inks. I like the look of the double scallops on this one.

Some times I like to make simple cards. This card is an example of double embossing done with the Cuttlebug. This effect is so simple yet elegant. I have a few more similar to this card that I will post as soon as they are completed.Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment so that I know you were here.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I've been very busy around the house that I haven't had time to do much crafting. I finally got around to making a new card. I love Spinner Cards, here's my latest card.