October 19, 2014

Ornamental Pine Christmas Cards

The current Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up! is just page after page of craft room candy, but one of the first stamp sets to jump out at me was the Ornamental Pine set.

Mtg Make&Take by moi
With such a massive image, this set is versatile enough to go from cards to scrapbooking to....  ?

(I'm thinking lampshades and coasters - but feel free to insert your creativity here)

card cased from Gail Vogel

Okay, so I haven't made it to the lampshade yet, but I'm sure you are enjoying these samples anyway!

Founder's Circle swap

Sidenote:  I prefer to buy larger images in the woodmount version, but there are clear-mount versions of most of SU's stamps these days, even the huge background ones!

Now....inquiring minds want to know: What wouldn't be safe from this stamp if it were in your hands???

Happy Stamping!
Cristy Butzen

October 13, 2014

Nothing Scary About Paper Pumpkins!

I love tearing into the Paper Pumpkin kits the minute they arrive (who doesn't love surprises in the mail anyway?). 

This was all the stuff included in the last kit - amazing, huh?  (I really hope this one shows up on the refill list!)

 Since I've been sticking to the script with the last couple of kits, I decided to jump off the deep end with the Halloween one...

I cut up all those cute little printed burlap bags and made this 5' banner instead!  The letters and twine for the banner were pretty much the only things I added - the rest came from the kit.

I'm really happy with how this turned out, and am looking forward to getting this month's Paper Pumpkin kit soon.  If you haven't joined the pumpkin wagon yet, you can check out the details here, and once you join, you can even order past kits/refills to catch up on the fun!

Happy Stamping!
Cristy Butzen

October 10, 2014

... and a few cards

My two favorite parts of any Stampin' Up! gathering, from a party to meetings to Convention......  Make N Takes and SWAPS!!!

Here's some I put together for various functions this summer:


Happy Stamping!
Cristy Butzen

October 7, 2014

My Crafty Summer(y)

As you may have noticed, I have scaled back on my crafting time and business but I'm still here!

One of the best things about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator (besides the discount, friends, etc) is that SU lets me run my business my way, which at the moment is more of a "hobby" thing than a "demo" thing.  If you've ever had your own home business, you may realize how rare and wonderful this situation is.

I have snuck in some crafty time lately.  Here's what I've been up to:

I've made tons of these fun flowers for my garden.  I have to admit they are a little addictive, though, so some have been replanted in friends and families yards!

(This one is my favorite)
I also joined a local Paint Nite event with some friends.  It was TONS of fun, and we will definitely be doing this again!
I also was inspired to fix part of our sidewalk that was all wonky.  I busted out the slab with a sledgehammer and spent (embarrassingly) several hours placing the salvaged brick.
My hubby liked the results so much, he said he wouldn't mind if the rest of the walk was done that way. 
I'll get right on that. (sigh)

 Now, I have done some stamping, scrapping and had other inky inclinations....  but those will have to wait for another post.

In the mean time....

Happy Stamping!
Cristy Butzen

March 23, 2014

An Undefined Obsession

I've had such fun creating my own stamps with the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit that I ran out of rubber!  While I wait for my refill kit to arrive, some of my stamping friends forwarded their convention freebies so that I could keep playing.  It's so nice to have friends that understand my rubber obsession!

Since I've been with the Postal Service for a year now, I celebrated by creating the postal eagle, as suggested on my Facebook page I've managed to lose 40lbs this first year, so I really am celebrating! The cute little push pin was inspired by this one on Pinterest

My boys are so fascinated with this whole process, they are over my shoulder watching me (since they are still a little young to be playing with sharp tools).  I was so happy when they were able to recognize what I carved, especially after I realized I had been working without my glasses (which I'm apparently still not used to wearing)!

I'm a little stumped on what to carve next.....what would you suggest?

Happy Carving!
Cristy Butzen
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