Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #297 April 22th – Freestyle “Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps/Images”!

Our family recently purchased a dream RV to travel back and forth to club soccer in Calif.   I took the 5 hour drive time home to create this card, and how fun it is to ride in an RV and CRAFT!  If I read,  I just get sleepy and I don’t mind helping my husband navigate. Our craft team selected one of a few images from the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamp co.  When I saw the choice of “Peas & Carrots”,  I immediately thought of one of my favorite movies Forest Gump.  When he is always telling Jenny that they are like Peas & Carrots.  It makes me smile so I went with that one.  I love orange and greens,  so this is what I chose.  I used copic markers to shade the images and then multi layered several patterns of cardstock.  I used one strip of Orange bling I picked up at Michael’s many years ago.  Simple and clean,  like Peas & Carrots.  You can make several different cards using this layout of any ole layout you want.  Have fun!  http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/

Graduation Candy Bar Ideas

We all buzz around Pinterest or the internet for ideas,  and once I came across this one – I had to take a shot.  My Bestie’s daughter is graduating this year and I thought I would customize her something something and sweet.  I  was inspired from others, but this was what I came up with.  I purchased a few metal divider trays, and used my Pazzle to die cute her school name, and the year “2017”.  I hope you enjoy.  I even had little clear bags so the guests could take some to go!  

Here’s my New Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #297 April 15th Star Stampz & Tic-Tac-Toe!

Star Stampz & My Tic-Tac-Toe was a Button, Pazzle Die Cut & Copic Blending

I used my Pazzle Electronic Cutter to die cut a cute Bee Hive & additional yellow & black flowers, I used Copic Markers for Blending, and who doesn’t have a few buttons to make the card complete.  Layer with black card stock and a cute yellow/gold sheet from the Jen Hadfield’s “simple life” 6×6 Paper pad I picked up at Tuesday Morning.  I fussy cut the challenge images we were given.  I love bright colors and if you ever want to win free images or craft products,  go to the HIMCR (Hiding In My Craft Room) Button in my blog!  I will be a designer hopefully for the next 5+ months!  It’s been fun so far!  Stay tuned though…. I will be working the next few days on a high school graduation project for a dear friend of mine, Kaitlyn.  She will be off to college next year for Soccer which is really exciting!  I’ll post those photos later in the week.

Have Fun,  I love bright colors!

Not Paper Crafting – But Cooking Meals with a Pressure Cooker!

I have a girlfriend who has a large family that works hard, extremely creative, and so much fun to be around.  She recently shared that she cooks with a pressure cooker.  Of course,  I was too frugal to run out and purchase one from Costco, or online.  But after another friend,  that cooks meals all the time told me about HER pressure cooker – I had to try.  I bought one online and have now had it about 10 days.  I Absolutely love it, and have already cooked a roast in less than an hour,  (my veggies were way overdone,  but I forgot to use the basket), a whole chicken in 20 minutes, homemade beans,  & two teriyaki pork loins.  ALL so quick and they were delicious.  Where have I been all these years?!  I guess the technology has really come a long long way and they are getting popular.  I told my mom yesterday, and she just mentioned about her chicken being on the kitchen ceiling as they weren’t “plug in” back in the day.  Anyway – I had to share, as I am a mom of 5 kids, and I wish I knew about this about 15 years ago, when I had allot of mouths to feed.  Now it is all about saving TIME so I have more time to CRAFT and make things.  Right?!!!!  Work smarter, not harder.  Anyway – I big shout to my friend, Terri!  If you haven’t tried,  you won’t be disappointed!

Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #296 April 8th – Super Scraps Saturday “My Besties”!

This was scary at first, as I am not the experience Copic artist, but I still love it. I like the sponsor “My Besties”, as they have very details images, and a variety of simple ones. . I like finding the right color palette FIRST. then you can color to match your paper and ribbon/embellishments. If you color first, then I would be scrambling to find the paper,  jewels, etc. and before you know it – my craft area is in shambles. Enjoy the challenges, I am brand new to it, but enjoy it so far!  And never be afraid to stack 3 or 4 sheets of card stocks.  In my “Hello” sentiment,  I used the foam popups to give the card more dimension. Have FUN Craken Crafts of any kind!

Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #295 April 1st – MY 1st Challenge as a designer

Challenge #295 – Monochromatic with any color, any image.

This was fairly easy but nerve racking at the same time.  I had to retreat back to what I like, and keep it simple for my first challenge for “Hiding In My Craft Room”.  You want it to be nice, but if you just go with what YOU like,  it will come.  I love reds and burgundy’s-  no matter if they are in style or not.  And I just ordered this new stamp online from Unity Stamp Co. after watching a few videos of other cute images.  I’ve only taken one Copic coloring class at my local craft store, The Paper Collage in Phoenix, AZ from Jennifer Dove,  who is fabulous.  I hope you enjoy it, and it is really simple to assemble.  Adding paper or silk flowers for the final touch!

Zeus is Sitting on my TotallyTiffany Divider Tabs

  I told you that this crazy cat,  ZEUS loves to sit and sleep on my stuff.  I just came home from soccer carpool, which requires me to sit at one field for an hour in a half (I don’t, I go to the closest Michael’s), and then drive over to another field and sit for an hour,  which I don’t.  I go to the nearest JoAnn’s where I need another divider for my Scrap Rack.

Christine’s Craken Crafts – The Beginning

Since I was in junior high school I knew I was going to be in the creative world.  Back then, I dreamed of becoming an architect.  I took every class I could in high school and learned to draw technical drawings (drafting) with a T-Square, electric eraser, and mechanical pencils. Life throws you different roads and oceans, so I started working for the private sector and eventually my hand drafting, turned into drawing with a computer.  I took many formal AutoCad courses and worked most of my 20’s and 30’s for large Fortune 500 companies in the design field.  My favorite part of the drawings, was plotting them, and touching that paper.  I got married and had lots of kids, and eventually my husband relocated our family to a new place.  Moving to a new place was a blessing in disguise.  I was lucky enough to stay at home with my kids, and started volunteering at their school.  I had a simple task of cutting out shapes and letters using the industrial die cutting roller.  I was amazed and thought, how cool was this machine and I was hooked.  I always dabbled in scrapbooking when my kids where little, but it was simple.  It was mainly journaling and buying packaged die cut shapes.  So, I started taking classes at my local craft store.  It’s one thing to walk into one of those mom & pop shops and see all the things you can make with paper,  but without some training, sometimes you don’t get the skills to put them off.  Which glue do you use?  Why are some papers heavier than others?  Which scissors do you have?  Which paper cutter do you recommend, and then comes the big one….. Which Die Cut Machine do you recommend?  That was a big one for me, as I am a frugal shopper.  I didn’t want to regret my investment.  I’ve always love the “deal” when it comes to buying products.  The more you save,  the more you can buy, right?  Well,  I became really addicted to crafting— scrapbooking, card making, flower arranging, bow making, shadow boxes, word books, and most recently, custom cigar boxes.  More than making things,  I became obsessive with hunting for craft stuff on Craigslist, garage sales,  and the best place of all…. Goodwill!  Or,  what my mom and sisters call “The GW”.   I was amazed that I could find the coolest Stampin Up wooden & clear stamp set there.  I found a heat gun and xyron machine there to share with friends. More than shopping, discovering techniques, and learning,  I just love creating things for my family and friends.  It’s always challenging,  but at the same time, easy for me.  Most of time,  I can just picture the whole creation before I even start.  I guess it just comes naturally to me for some reason.   My new dream is to continue learning and sharing my love for crafting.  Regardless of what craft it is,  I know the creations are endless, and dwell at the bottom of our hands.

“The Kraken” originated from legendary story of a massive creature that dwells at the bottom of the sea.   When my kids where small and we would snuggle in bed,  I used to grab hold of them with my legs and arms so they couldn’t leave me,  so my husband called me “The Kraken”.  I always liked that silly name, and I just changed the “K” to a “C” so it would sync better with Christine’s Craken Crafts.