Monday, May 30, 2011

Monday Motivational - Corregated cardboard

  Happy Monday!  When you paper craft, trends come and go.  If you wait long enough, they come back around again.  When it comes to paper crafing supplies, I am a hoarder.  I have lots of corregated card board in my personal stash...and in a variety of colors!  I die cut the red and white flowers from corregated card stock using a Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix die.  (Complete supply list for this card on my blog.)

Here are some other cards I have made using corregated cardboard:

This star was cut with my Cricut...a little ragged, but I like the rustic look for this card.

I hope you find some motivating ideas here to use corregated cardboard on your next card, LO, or project!  It cuts shapes really well with Sizzix or Ellison dies.  If you want a rugged cut, use your Cricut.   I hope you will give this a try.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Buzz, Brag, and Bee Happy Friday - May 27th

Happy Friday, and welcome to BUZZ, BRAG and BEE HAPPY!   It's a more "informal" day in the hive, but very important, because we talk about the BUZZ in the BIZZ, BRAG about what we've been doing, and tell about what is helping us BEE HAPPY!  The best part is... we invite you to join right in!!!  Leave comments to share things to BUZZ about... what do you want everyone to know????  What are you stoked about?  What is exciting in your hive?  Are there blog hops you want us to come to? Is there blog candy you want us to know about?  Did you win a prize?  Are you a new DT member?  Is there something sweet in your personal hive you'd like to brag about?  Has your mojo been in overdrive?  Let's hear all about it!!! 
In the BUZZ Department we'd like to let you know about a very special challenge starting up on June 1st by a very special young lady named Madison, over at Funky Card blog.  She is starting this unique "Pay it Forward" type of challenge, where the cards made will be sent to one person who is suffering some sort of trial in their life.  She will post the challenge, collect the cards, send them to the recepient, and then post a photo and response from the person receiving the cards.  Madison is a high schooler with a big talent, and a BIGGER heart!  Check out her blog here, and I do hope you will join us in helping Spread the Love!!

Ever want to be Published?  Well check out the amazing LITTLE LIGHT STUDIO and their free workshop going on right now!!!  They have some of the top names in the industry giving insight on how it's done!   I've taken classes from them before, and they are great!!!
"So if you have been wanting to submit your work for publication but find the process a bit intimidating or are unsure how to get started, jump in and join us in this special series in which we walk you through the submission process as well as provide tips and tricks from industry insiders!"
Next in the BUZZ Department, is announcing our WINNER, WINNER, WINNER!!! 
Congratulations!!! You have won the prize package for
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue!!!
Please send your snail mail information to our email addy
BettyBeesBuzz @ hotmail. com
Everyone, Remember it's time to post your projects for
"Summertime, and the Livin' Is Easy" and we have TWO
prize packages this week!!!
Happy crafting ~



Happy Friday! I have a potential customer (an antique dealer) that is requesting hand-made thank you cards. I started with motivation from HoneyBee Court. Court made a thank you card recently that I fell in love with; see the second card in this post.

Here is another version:

And here is my set of 4:

I used BasicGrey papers, my Cricut, and rub-ons from TLC. What are you working on? Please share with us by linking to today's post. If you have a summer-themed project, link it to this week's challenge in our previous post.
Honey Bee Judy Ford here. I am just 3 weeks post op but doing very, very well. All 4 drains are out and incision is healing well without any signs of infection. Continued thanks for everyone's support and prayers for my recovery. Especially thank you to my dear husband, Don. Without his help this last 3 weeks would have been darn near impossible. I am a very lucky honeybee!!!
Hope everyone's summer is starting to take shape and weather is starting to get better. Lots of rain here in Michigan but my thoughts and prayers go to all those in those awful tornadoes path. What devastation Mother Nature can produce!!! God Bless you all!
Let us know what you are doing this summer, your dreams, your projects, your memories!!! Happy Sharing!!!

and the HoneyBees

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

HoneyBee Showcase - Summertime, and the Living' is Easy

It's time to get ready for Memorial Day weekend, and the official opening of summertime... what did you do in the summer when you were a kid? Do you remember skate keys? banana bikes? hide and seek? the ice cream man? catching lightning bugs? camping under the stars?  cruising the strip? checking out the boys? going to the lake?  The HoneyBees have created some sweet summertime inspiration for you this week!  Let's buzz down memory lane!
When I think of summer I remember lots of fun times with our family reunions at Great Falls Park in Virginia!  There was a lot of great food, the old merry-go-round with the brass ring, and the Potomac River with the amazing view of the rapids. 

Betty Brett

 I also think of the LAST DAY of SCHOOL which is quickly approaching!!  My daughter has the sweetest tradition of meeting all of the kids with lots of special treats and a big end of school party.  She is the "Cupcake Queen" and I know she will love to make these themed cupcake wrappers... but it's really fun to carry your theme to water bottles, treat cups, and other cool projects.  This is just a "sneak peek" of my entire party pack!  Check out my blog for the rest of the story!
Sun and Here Comes The Sun paper are from our friends at Digital Delights!
Cupcake wrapper for cupcake and treat cup are from Cricut Life's A Party cartridge.


   Happy Wednesday!  Here in the hive we are thinking of summer.  In my mind, summer is about chintz or polka dot patterns, blueberries, and watermelon.  I tried to capture those ideas in my card.

  I found this Hero Arts stamp at my LSS in the 50% off bin.  I immediately thought to stamp on kraft card stock and color with my prismacolor pencils.  When I was creating this card, I was on Skype with HoneyBee Court Lee.  It was Court's inspiration that inspired me to add the scallop border (MFT Die-namics) and the crinkled ribbon at the bottom.  I *heart* red and polka dots, so this fun paper by October Afternoon caught my eye.  I added some bling hot rocks with m i-Rock tool...done :)

I am not home, so I don't have access to all my photos. There is no photo of me to welcome you, will see me in a digital layout  I did with limited software on my laptop. 

Honeybee Courtney Lee here to share a slice of watermelon. 

This week's theme is "It's summertime and the living is easy". My mom used to cut up watermelon for me every morning and I had it for breakfast, so when I think of summertime, I think of her and watermelon. 
Paper: Echo Park: Summer Days "Scallops"™ (from Artful Delight May Kit)
Cartridge: Designer's Calendar
Embossing: D'vine Swirl Emboss Folder
Buttons, ribbon, and twine: PTI

Next month's kit from Artful Delight will be revealed soon and I LOVE it! I know you all will too!


 For my project this week I chose a card with summer colors and what says summer like flowers.

Beth Ullman

When my life slows down a little I may be on time again the next 2 weeks will be a little hectic and I can during the summer so busy busy busy.

Okay back to my card this weeks project uses a technique from Technique Junkies called Embossed Triple Cuts from the Emboss or Die CD my Digi image is one of Fred's from Fred She Said I did a little paper piecing on it and colored with Copic's  embossing folder  Cuttlebugs Kassie's Brocade all card stock Bazzill and used a couple different Nestabilities.

TWO PRIZES THIS WEEK!!!!!   One for being a follower and leaving a comment!!!  One for being a follower and entering a project!  YEP!  The HoneyBees would LOVE to hear what you remember most about summertime, and we will randomly choose a winner, and that winner will receive a SUMMERTIME PRIZE PACKAGE of FOUR SIZZLET FLOWER DIES, 10 yards of sheer Summery Ribbon from Offray, and an assortment of Summer Buttons!!!  We want to see what you create that reminds you of summer, and that randomly chosen winner will receive a SUMMERTIME PRIZE PACKAGE of FOUR SIZZLET FLOWER DIES, 20 Yards of sheer Summery Ribbon from Offray, an assortment of Summer Buttons, a package of Sizzix Pastel Papers, and a Summertime Stamp!!!! Pretty cool, huh? 

We're excited that you're here!  Thanks for buzzing by today!

and the HoneyBees

Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Motivational Summertime Bag Album

Every Monday at Betty Bee's Buzz one of the Honeybees shares a special project with you on the Monday Motivational.
This week my project is dedicated to Summer time, and my youngest grandson, Jackson. When I asked him what he had planned for summer vacation he rattled off a whole list of things: Enjoying the sunshine, playing at the lake and riding the innertube behind Grandpa's boat, having adventures at the zoo, making s'mores with Grandpa, lots of ideas. SSSSOOOOOO, I made him a lunchbag album to hold some of the pictures and treasures. I started with 3 white lunch bags. Then I sewed down the bottoms to make pockets, alternated the openings of the bags and sewed down the center to make the album.
I used the Life's a Beach Cricut Cartridge. Several of the title words worked well into Jackson's wish list.
The papers I used were from All About Boys and an old Summer stack.
I used Paper Dolls for Jackson's s'more page. The pockets have removeable inserts from cardstock -here they worked out to be 3 1/2 x 4 1/2- slip a ruler inside your pocket and measure what will fit width and length - we can put a picture or journaling or something on the pages.
Jackson loves fishing in Grandpa's boat. So I put two inserts with fish - 1 coming - 1 going for his pictures of his catches. He's all boy and will be outside as much as possible - if Michigan ever gets a heat wave - we'll have a place for some great pictures.
This is the album open. The pages are about 5x5.
All porpoise pages for journaling or pictures - I cut out two of each pullout - sandwiched them together to make a tab. I used black so it was easy, if you use patterned paper make sure to use your flip button to get the pretty paper on the outside on both sides of the tab. You can put as many inserts into the openings as you need. There is a SU tab punch that could be used and then write on the tab what's on the insert paper.
This came together quickly and could be made thicker with more bags. It could be set for any theme. I was thinking Jackson could take this one with him to his first day of kindergarten in the fall.

Now it's your turn....How are you celebrating summer????  Be ready to share with us on Wednesday here at Betty Bee's Buzz!


Friday, May 20, 2011

Buzz, Brag and Bee Happy Friday

Happy Friday in the hive!  Welcome to Buzz, Brag and Bee Happy!  This is our day to share whatever is the Buzz, good news, and whatever is exciting in our lives.  The best part is we invite you to do the same!  Post your latest designs, DT news, links, and other excitement.  Leave comments about what is happy in your life.  We have had a very exciting week with Amy Sheffer as our guest HoneyBee.  Did you make a project with our Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue Challenge? It's open 'til next week, and there's a matching prize package!

Betty Brett
 Well, I had so much fun creating the new design for the fishy card for Wednesday, that I decided to show you another one!
This one is very springy, and the flowers were all punched... quick and easy!  The movement of the flowers is so delightful!!  When you open the card they just dance :)  It surely brings a smile to your face! The tutorial on how to make these cards is on my personal blog.
I do hope you will give it a try.  If you have ANY questions, Please leave me a comment, or send me an email.  I will be more than happy to help!
Thanks for your prayers and comments about Bob the Babe.  He is recovering pretty well, and we dismissed the nurse today.   

  Happy Friday!  I have thoroughly enjoyed Amy's challenge for us this week:  something old, new, borrowed & blue!  I made this card for our Goddaughter, Shelby, who is graduating high school.  My grandma gave me her sewing machine (old), I have never machine stitched my scrapbook paper on a card before (new), and I borrowed the criss-cross card tutorial from split coast stampers.

This is the inside of my card. (Details on my blog.)

Don't forget to link your old, new, borrowed, and blue card, LO, or project to this post.

Every Friday is Buzz, Brag and Bee Happy at Betty Bee's Buzz.

                                                                          Judy Ford

This week I've got a few things to brag about! I made a set of dagger jewelry for my mom. The main beads are called daggers but the bracelet is so fluidy you just HAVE to pet it.... it wiggles and squirms under your fingers like a contented caterpillar. I did this set in Pink (mom's favorite color) and irridescent white cubes and seed beads. I took classes while I was in Florida from Debbie Blamy at Beading Elements in Sarasota. I changed the earring pattern just a little.

The other things I'm bragging about is my post op progress. I now have 3 drains out - 1 to go, probably next Wednesday's appt - no infection, pain much less, and activity stamina getting a little better each day. At the last appt my weight was 164 - down from 344 - that's 180POUNDS!!!! I haven't been this size since high school.... My continued thanks to all my friends and family for their prayers and support and mostly for my dear husband, Don, who's been the resident nurse for me. It's really different on this side of the siderail!!!!

The last brag is my birthday is Saturday the 21st.

I'll be 30-29.... doesn't that sound better than 59????
so what's going on in your hive???? Hopefully our honeybees are healing and Bob the Babe is improving too!!!!


Happy Friday!!!
What a crazy week.  Well, I think it was more me than the is driving my new mini van and having my inside lift put in for my scooter.  The lift was done last Friday and on Saturday I had a problem.  My scooter was 'hanging' outside the back of my van and the remote would not allow the lift to go up or down.  I manually released the bar but didn't move out of the way fast enough.  So, all week I've been walking around with bruises starting on my right shoulder down to the top of my right hand.  Luckily, I'm use to have nasty looking Monday the remote was fixed and so far so good.  Well, that is it worked at the shop; I haven't done it yet on my own. 

Next week is going to be a fun week for my husband and me.  Friends of ours from Jersey is coming down for a week, Joe is off from week and it's fun vacation time!!

Here is a card I made with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.  Yeah, like I said I was a little crazy this week and messed up on the instructions.  Betty, forgive me for being an air head.

The old is the heart stamp.  I don't even remember how long I had that stamp and maybe used it twice!  The new is this beautiful matstack from DCWVcalled Mariposa..  You see the blue..sorry, you don't see the 'borrowed', I feel better confessing my
It's your turn!  Post your Good News, things you'd like to Brag about, and whatever is the latest BUZZ right here.... it's a linking party :o)  Don't forget to join in this sweet challenge, too! 

Happy creating !

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