Friday, August 31, 2012

Fred, She Said Surprise Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fred, She Said Surprise Blog Hop! Summer is coming to a close, and maybe we can find a few moments to spend in our crafty spaces!  The FSS team wants to surprise you with the wide variety of great images there are to be found in the store!  We have no idea what anyone has selected to work we’ll be surprised right along with you! If you have arrived from Patty’s blog, you are right on track. If you are just happening by, you will want to start on the FSS Blog.

Collect a secret word on each blog along the way, leave us some love on our posts and follow the directions at the end of the hop for your chance to win this FABULOUS PRIZE!
One winner will receive ALL of this:
$25 GC to CropStop (provided by Fred She Said)
$25 GC to Fred She Said Store
...and a Surprise Goody Bag (photo and list of contents on the first and last stops on the hop!)
We’re hopping for 2 weeks!  Hop ends Friday, September 14, midnight EST.

Fred She Said is having a SURPRISE 2 week SALE ( August 31st - September 14th)
20% off any purchase $10 or over
25% off any purchase $ 20 or over

Now for some details about my project. I am a teacher and every year I like to do a special back to school gift for my coworkers. I used the Back to School Digital Papers from Fred, She Said to cover a milk carton from Close To My Heart. I added a message on the apple and adhered it to the front. I finished decorating the project with a strip of Martha Stewart paper tape. Now I need to grab some treats at the store to fill these creations! The Back to School Digital Papers are freebies and look at Tracey Lynn's card to see how great they work with Nolan and Sign. Also, if you want to check out past creations I did for back to school here is a pencil and a teacher's survivor kit!

Your secret word on my blog is: at
Your next stop on the hop is Michelle’s blog.

Fred, She Said Surprise Blog Hop Order
Crystal - You are here!
Janet Kay
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Monday, August 27, 2012

FSS Wheelbarrow Card

This is one of my favorite designs from Fred, She Said. It's the Pre-Colored Wheelbarrow. Last month I found a year's supply of Flower Soft! So I decided to add some to this card. I used Nestibilities to cut the digi stamp and mat. Then to finish the card I used a strip of washi tape and a stamped sentiment from a Papertry Ink set.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Crop Make and Take Projects

Make and Take #1: Thank You Mini Treat Bag (Candy not included!)

Make and Take #2: Commotion Potion Mini Treat "Bag" (Drink mix not included.)

Make and Take #3: Gift Card Holder Holiday Card. (Gift Card not included.)

This Saturday I was invited to be a vendor at a crop in Limerick, PA. It's at the firehouse from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. I think it's full, but you can still come to shop, buy raffle tickets, or complete make and take projects. Tonight I quickly put together my samples for three make and take projects using Close To My Heart's Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges. It was fun spending an hour crafting. I look forward to Saturday's crop and getting some more time to create!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FSS Calla Lilies Card

Things have been a bit hectic lately and I haven't had much time to craft. My father was in the hospital. So I became the primary caregiver for my mom, squeezing in time to visit him at the hospital, as well as trying to get my classroom ready for the school year. My dad came home yesterday and is able to help around the house so things got a bit easier for me. But I'm still struggling with the time and inspiration to craft. I feel like I lost my crafting mojo with everything going on in life. I'm sure that happens to all of us!

This is a quick and simple card using an image and sentiment from Fred, She Said Calla Lilies and Sentiments Set. I printed out the flowers and sentiment I wanted on white card stock. Then I punched an oval with my Nestibilities die from black card stock. I adhered the flowers so the peek through the window. I cut the triangle from the sentiment strip free hand to give it the look of a banner. I feel like it needs something else, but I'm not quite sure. You may see another version reposted. Maybe with ribbon.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

FSS Corner Rose Sympathy Card

I had a friend and former coworker of mine loss her battle with breast cancer recently. Her memorial service is next week and the statement was put out to wear pink instead of black. So my card has some brighter colors than what a normal think for a sympathy card.

Like many crafters finding the time to create can be a problem. That is way I love the precolored items from Fred, She Said. These pink roses come from the Corner Rose Set.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Oh my darling...Clementine!

Today Close To My Heart's August / Winter Idea Book debuts. You can see it online or contact me to get a copy of your own. One of the new paper packs is Clementine. I had a chance to work with this paper last month at convention. We created these layouts at the Create and Take sessions. The layouts were perfect for showing convention photos from Dallas!