During our recent Creative Weekend Retreat, we presented a fun challenge to anyone who wanted to participate. Using a single large stamp that none of us had ever used before, we had to create something with it. It could have been a card, a scrapbook page, etc. I apologize for some of the "bad photos", but below are the vastly different, but uniquely creative results:
We all had fun doing this challenge and it was so neat to see all the different ideas with the same stamp!
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Hello my friends, Happy Thanksgiving to you! Though, I'm quite sure you are too busy with your own friends and family (aka "framily) to be stopping by my website today. As it should be. I will leave you with one simple card:
And two simple thoughts:
It is not very often that I get a chance to do arts-n-crafts with young kids, especially my own nieces. So, we took full advantage of their recent visit to our house. There was some paper bracelet and bookmark making:
A little help from Nana with the tag punch.
And LOTS of family fun with the mustache framelit!!
It gives a whole new meaning to "papercrafting!"
P.S. - Tell me YOUR family can be kooky like this too. . .
Hello and Happy Sunday to you! I hope you are enjoying your weekend immensely, because it's almost Monday and that means back to work. . . Yuck.
But, on the plus side, it's a short holiday work week!
Here is today's card for the Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge:
Since I had a LOT of company in my house this weekend, this card was made in the first 10 minutes I could steal away from everyone! Literally. I'm still not quite sure how I pulled that off. It kind of went like this, "Auntieeeeee Crystal!!" I need adhesive. "Where are YOUUUUUU?" Hmmm, what stamp set should I use? "Auntieeeeee Crystal" (louder) Yes, Perfect Blend. Perfect. "I can't find you, Crystaaaaaaal." Cut here, trim there, adhere here, on no, that inkpad is dry (and the thought sets in that a 5-year old is about to find me)!
Thanks for visiting today. In a few more hours, my house will be emptied of all company and I will sit in silence. And just sit. And enjoy. . .
I feel like it has been a little while since I have participated in some card challenges. In between the craziness of work and life in general, there was the girls crafting getaway weekend, and then, a wonderful surprise, my sister-in-law and nieces flew in from Okinawa and then my parents drove down from Maine (to see those from Okinawa mainly). So, my little cape is FULL. Everyone is kind of congregating at my house for an early Thanksgiving/ Christmas, or what we have deemed, "Chrisgiving" and "Thanksmas."
But, while the grandparents were playing "Headbandz" with the kids and my SIL was checking for rental cars and my husband was mesmerized by the Weather Channel (holy snow!) I snuck down into my craft room for the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge. And, I literally mean "snuck" down there!! I thought I went unnoticed. . . Until I heard "Uncle Crystal" (my 5-year old niece's name for me) yelling from the top of the stairs. . .
But, I still was able to pull together something rather quickly, that I still like (which is half the battle when you are trying to hurry!)
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Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
This past weekend, nearly 50 ladies spent the most fantastic 3-day weekend at the "Blissful Crafting Retreat" at Lakeside Christian Camp in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. An entire 72 hours dedicated to nothing but crafting - be it scrapbooking or rubberstamping. No cooking, cleaning, laundry or any other "wifely" type obligations. A weekend to ourselves, as women, where we could focus solely on our passion and hobbies and spend a little quality time with friends and/or family. Super mega yayness! A weekend spent in pajamas and having all our meals cooked for us. If there is a heaven on Earth, we sure found it last weekend!
Be sure to click "Read More" to see all the photos!!
If I had friends that were Vegas showgirls, this is the Thanksgiving card they would receive from me.
Is this not the most flamboyant and exotic looking turkey you have ever seen? Well, you see, I was trying to use up the leftover pieces from my "Sweet as Pie" Paper Pumpkin kit and thought what could I do with blue and pink feathers? Then I thought, you know what? Embrace them, add some sparkle and just have fun with it!
And, I did.
RuPaul this card's for you!
And for the Stampin' Up Only challenge theme of "Thankful" or Thanksgiving.
So, in closing, I say dare to be different this Thanksgiving. Shake your tail feathers!
I would like to thank the Design Team at the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge for selecting my card as one of their "Honorable Mentions" last week! If you missed the original card and post, I'll share it with you again:
I've said this many times, but I'll say it again. . . If you have not already participated in card challenges, I'd really urge you to try some out. I think you'll find it's fun to "step outside of the box" and try new color combinations and sketches. I know I have learned so much for competing in various challenges and I know you would too!
Today I'm going to do a recap of all the great photopolymer stamp sets that you WON'T find in any catalog. These sets are released often monthly by Stampin' Up! and you'll only see them in flyers, on the web or on the Stampin' Up! website here. But, it's also my job to make sure you are "in the know." So, sit back, read on and enjoy!
This just released photopolymer stamp set "Banner Greetings" is an uplifting set will surely bring a smile to many faces. A crowd favorite, this stamp set will be sure to shine. Recommended clear block size is D (not included in the set).
Our photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You'll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and gives a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price!
$15.95 Item #136720 Banner Greetings
LOTS MORE TO SEE!!
Did you ever see a sketch and just know exactly what you wanted to do with it? On rare occasions (and I'll happily welcome them when they do) this happens to me! The moment I saw this layout for the Mojo Monday sketch, I thought of the Designer Typeset paper and the "Tap, Tap, Tap" stamp set.
Please don't hate me when I tell you I pulled this card together in 10 minutes flat! Trust me, it's not every day this happens. In fact, just a few days ago, I threw two entire cards into the garbage (yes, I really did) when I didn't like how they were coming together at all. I didn't even bother dissect them to see what papers I could save and reuse! Next time this happens, I'll be sure to take a photo so you can see that it's not all smoke and mirrors!
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Today a group of nearly 40 ladies leave for our "Blissful Creative Weekend Retreat" in the Berkshires. SO EXCITED!! I'll be sure to share many photos with you upon my return. In the event of poor internet reception over the next few days, I've pre-planned my posts for you.
Let's start with today's card for the Merry Monday Christmas Card challenge. Their theme was "Ornaments and Blues and Silvers." I had a vision in my head of using embossing powders for this challenge. I don't know about you, but I do not use my heat gun very often. I tend to think of heat embossing as such a cumbersome thing to do, although after I do it, I say to myself, "why don't I do this more often?" It's really not so cumbersome at all. It always turns out quite lovely in fact. Perhaps it's more of the messiness associated with the powder that my OCD self freaks out in reaction to! What are your thoughts on heat embossing?
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Are you prepared to be shocked and wowed today? Well then, do I have the post for you! Let's talk Paper Pumpkin!
Hello and Happy Tuesday! I promise no bitter tirades this morning about bad drivers, like those I encountered on yesterday's commute. Just a simple, stunning card for you today for the color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary. . .
Hello and Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. There was lots of leaf clean-up and yardwork at my house this weekend, what about you?
So, I have to ask, did I miss a memo today? Is it crazy driver Monday or what? Who are these people in such a hurry to get to work at 7 am on a Monday morning because I want their job! To the guy in the white Audi with Connecticut plates who cut me off at the rotary this morning, I wish you horrific engine failure on a Friday night in rush hour traffic on 95 and a dead iPhone battery. Hehehehe.
Okay, now that that's off my chest, let's talk boxes, bags and tags! Are you signed up for this Wednesday night's class? If not, there is still room, so give me a call or email me today to make these fun projects perfect for the upcoming holiday gift-giving season:
Boxes, Bags, Gifts & Tags
Wednesday, Nov. 12th
These four gorgeous cards were made in a stamp camp last week with my downline, Melissa. Aren't they really impressive? I was really WOW'ed! Over the past few months I have seen her creativity and passion for this hobby grow and I just wanted to share with you how happy I am for her and her successes. Well done, Melissa!
Now that Halloween has come and gone, Christmas season is officially here. . .
There's no better time than the present to begin fall clean-up! Whether it's the leaves outside, or the clutter on the in. . .
I would like to thank the Design Team at SUO Challenges for selecting my treat as a Top 3 Winner last week:
Here's what they said:
"Crystal's gift ensemble would work beautifully for a girl as well as a boy. The western theme is just delightful – very creative and so much fun! "
Are you signed up for Stamp Camp this week? If not, call or email me today. There is still space available for both the Wednesday, Nov 5th and Saturday, Nov. 8th classes.
Don't miss out on these great cards!
Yesterday was our annual Christmas Stamp-a-Stack in Suffield, Connecticut. Three local demonstrators (myself included) host this event for approximately 40 avid stampers twice a year. 15 cards are made, plus food, fun, raffles and stamping madness. Considering it was only about 40 degrees outside and raining terribly, it was a perfect day to be inside crafting. A big congratulations to my stamper, Heidi Cassell, for winning the grand prize raffle basket (approximately $100 in Stampin' Up Christmas products).
Enjoy these photos from the fun event!
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