Shake It!

Who doesn’t love a fun shaker card?

Thanks so Much card

 

Especially lately. Shaker cards have made quite a remarkable comeback. Before a year or two ago I hadn’t made one in probably 5-7 years. It’s always fun when you can take a fun old technique, revive it, and make it new.

Don’t know what a shaker card is? It means that all those bits behind the butterfly in the circle window shake around, so when the recipient receives the card it’s got a fun interactive part to it!

♥ Chrissy

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!

I had so much fun last week making eggs I made a few more over the past week I wanted to share. All eggs shown on my blog are for decor purposes only, so it’s best to blow out your eggs first since you won’t want to be eating them.

The first are marbled eggs. These were fairly simple. You just need a disposable container, larger than the egg, with enough water in it to submerge the egg. Then you just drop some nail polish in, swirl it around with a skewer, dip your egg, and let it dry.

Marbled Egg

The second one I tried were some glittered eggs. Glue and glitter, that’s all there is to it.

Glittered Egg

The third are some chalked eggs. I spray painted these with chalk board spray paint, let them dry, and chalked (with a sharpened piece of chalk).

Chalked Egg

Fourth, I made some confetti eggs! These might be my very most favorite. All you need is tissue paper, a hole punch, Mod Podge, and a sponge brush.

Punch out some confetti out of your tissue paper with your hole punch, paint your egg with a thin layer of Mod Podge, sprinkle on the confetti, paint another thin layer on top, and let dry.

Confetti Egg

 

And last, I dip died this egg and painted on a floral pattern using gold acrylic paint and a small paint brush. It’s the first time I’ve tried to do something like this and think it turned out pretty nice! Time consuming, hence the single egg, but very pretty!

Painted Egg

 

I’d love to see the eggs you’ve made too. Feel free to leave a link to share your brilliance!

♥ Chrissy

Golden Easter Eggs

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I tried a thing this year! I’ve seen around the interwebs that you can use temporary tattoos on Easter eggs. “Genius!” I said. It’s a marvelous thing for those of us who really want some easy way to make some impressive looking Easter eggs.

I found these beautiful gold temporary tattoos over at the Rifle Paper Co. I also ordered some of the pretty colorful ones too. Just know that the gold ones I’m showing were the right size and fairly easy to apply to the eggs.

The other colorful ones… I had trouble getting them to stick to the egg, but no trouble getting them to stick to my husbands arm. He wanted to check that they weren’t defective, and they weren’t as far as applying them as intended. Wishing I had taken a picture! Sure do ♥ him.

♥ Chrissy

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We like to make a big deal out of St. Patrick’s Day in my family. One of my sister-in-law’s family is from Ireland, and what better excuse than that to go to a pub with most of your siblings to see bag pipe bands and eat Irish food? It’s almost as good as being Irish myself!

I love to give my nieces and nephews little gifts for holidays throughout the year, and St. Patrick’s Day is one of those. This year I made simple boxes full of delicious jelly beans, and made to look like a rainbow. There aren’t very many holidays where you have a legitimate reason to arrange things in a spectrum.St

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day is as lucky as they get!

♥ Chrissy

On the Cover

I submitted this Easter card and treat bag months ago and, quite frankly, forgot all about them. When you’ve got a job where you’re constantly creating, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of everything you’ve made. So, this was a pleasant surprise I got from our PR rep. My projects back AND a copy of the magazine!

CardMaker Inside copy

 

The card came back to me with relatively little damage to it considering how much I’m sure it gets handled and/or tossed about. The treat bag… not so much. It kind of got trashed. Not that it’s a big deal. They got a picture of it while it was in pristine condition which is the important part, right?

Easter Card

And, they liked my projects so much I even got featured on the cover of their magazine (along with that rose card that’s partially covered and to whom I have no idea who to give credit, but kudos to you mystery creative!).

CardMaker Cover with Card

 

♥ Chrissy

Creative Blog Hop – Hooray! Hoorah!

Thanks for visiting my blog! I was excited to be invited by Julie to do a blog post for the Creative Blog Hop. Thanks, Julie! You can visit her blog here.

Creative Blog Hop - Hooray! Hoorah!

Photo credit and a huge thank you goes to my very talented brother-in-law Glenn Nielson.

Sometimes I go for weeks without making something for myself. Because I wanted to make something. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t taken a few hours for myself. So, being asked to be part of this blog hop was awesome! It basically forced me to take some time for myself and do something I wanted to do. So, this project was fun and even therapeutic for me. I hope you love the project I made almost as much as I do!

Hooray! Hoorah! card

What am I working on right now?

I’m working on a few things. At home, I’m working on cleaning out and organizing my craft room (as clean as it can be – I just want to see the top of my desk… and maybe the floor too) and planning some classes for next month. I mainly use Stampin’ Up! kits and Paper Pumpkin kits. You can see Stampin’ Up! kits here and learn more about a Paper Pumpkin subscription here. At work (I’m a Concept Artist at the Stampin’ Up! home office), we are getting ready to work on a few future catalogs, which is always exciting!

How does your work differ from others in your genre?

Because I’m a Concept Artist I have to keep my eye on the paper crafting industry as a whole and be aware of what’s up and coming, and that will often show in my work. I get to play around with different styles, techniques, accessories, tools, and stamp sets. My personal style is eclectic, but sometimes an assignment at work will call for simple and clean, masculine, grunge, shabby chic etc. Every day is different!

Why do you create what you do? 

Lots of reasons! I could see something that I’m inspired by, maybe I want to learn something new, I might need a specially wrapped gift or card for somebody special, or it could be as simple as an assignment at work.

How does your creativity work?

My desk is usually a mess. On many occasions, I’ve used something I never put away/cleaned up that didn’t work for a past project but it’s perfect for the current project! I will never be a tidy crafter, not going to happen.

Sometimes if I feel stuck, I’ll set my project aside for a day or two and come back to it. You can definitely look at something for too long, it’s real. Coming back to it with a fresh eye often helps me know what to do.

Music or podcasts are a must.

Creativity can come all at once, very slowly, or somewhere in the middle. The key is to keep playing until you love what you’ve made.

 

Thanks again for visiting my blog, I hope you come back in the future! The next person on the hop is the extremely talented Allison Okamitsu! I know whatever she makes is going to be amazing and you won’t want to miss out,  so show her some love next Monday!

♥ Chrissy

Mini Vacation in Florida

Back at the beginning of February I was able to take a little mini vacation with some fabulous ladies! We were all in Florida for Stampin’ Up!’s annual Leadership conference. We were all there as employees helping to put on the show. It was so much fun to get to connect with so many of Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrators. We ate at some delicious restaurants during the week. First at The Pub. It was hard to choose just one thing on the menu, everything looked so good!

The Pub Menu

 

Finally decided on the pasta and I have no regrets, delicious!

Food at The Pub

 

On another night we went to have some Cuban food. Having never partaken of any Cuban food I had no idea what to expect. If you ever visit a city that has Cuban food, definitely go and have some. The atmosphere is amazing and the food was divine!

Cuban Restaurant

We started with some plantain chips with guacamole with pineapple in it. YUM!

Plantain

I don’t remember what my main course was called, but by glancing around the table EVERYTHING looked so good. I don’t think there was a wrong choice. Here’s what I had…

Cuban food

 

Working for Stampin’ Up! is awesome. They let the employees go to Managers reception which was held at Disney World. We like to spoil our demonstrators! Everything from a private show to reserved rides just for the party and more amazing food than you could possibly eat in a night!

Mickey

 

dragon

Tower of Terror

Disney

Disney food

After Leadership was over, Jen, Melody, and I decided to extend our stay for a couple of days and spend a day in Universal Studios and a day in Disney World. We had a blast! More to come about that…

♥ Chrissy

 

 

Progress On My Quilt!

For Christmas 2013 Duffy bought me a sewing machine. At first I mainly wanted it so that I could stitch on some of my paper crafting projects. Which I’ve done quite a bit of, but I also wanted to relearn quilting.

About seven… or eight years ago my mom talked me into going with her over to one of her neighbors, who was a master quilter, to take a few classes. We bought fabric and supplies thinking we could tag team the project. I know I had worked on a few squares, but I have no idea what happened to those squares or the remaining fabric. I believe my mom misplaced the bag with the goods, she believes it was me. We may will never know where it all went.

Back to Christmas 2013. Like I had mentioned, getting the sewing machine for Christmas really made me want to try it all again. So, dragging Duffy along with me, I went to my favorite fabric store, picked out a pattern, and all of the fabric needed to complete a quilt!

Jumping Jacks pattern

I was super excited about relearning everything I had forgotten about quilting. YouTube was my best friend for a weekend. I watched all of the tutorials I could and got started on my quilt. After finishing all of my squares I guess I felt accomplished enough to quit working on it.

Jumping Jacks quilt squares

 

One of my goals last year was to finish the quilt over the Christmas break. It was a lovely thought, but it didn’t happen. Then I started listening to a podcast called Elise Gets Crafty, and got to a later episode about “enjoying the process” with guest Astrid. Her quilts are beautiful. I’ve even got a few ideas for future quilts! I was super inspired and wanted to get to work.

Sewing

 

Jumping Jacks quilt progress one

 

Jumping Jacks quilt progress two

This is what I’ve been able to get done this week. I’ll keep you all posted about my progress. I can’t wait to see what it’ll look like all finished!

♥ Chrissy

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