Friday, July 29, 2011

CHA Summer Show 2011 "Minute to Craft It!" Challenge

I just recently returned home from the Craft & Hobby Association’s Summer Show in Rosemont, IL. Although the show was small, everyone that I spoke with felt the show was great! I know for me, it was a blast! There were lots of new products with make-it, take-it’s being enjoyed by everyone that was taking them.

My favorite part of the entire show (aside from seeing all of my designer friends), was a new event that CHA introduced at the show called the “Minute to Craft It! Challenge, which was coordinated by CHA staff member, Keri Cunningham. The event ran for three days at 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 5:00pm. I was fortunate to be asked to be one of the hosts for this new event along with Theresa Cifali, Jen Cushman and Terri Ouellete. The idea behind the challenge was for me to pick three audience members to participate and one to be the time keeper. They had a table on the stage with them that was covered with products donated by our very generous manufacturers. The contestants could take any product from the table to their area and they were given 10 minutes to create their masterpiece.

While the contestants were in a frenzy creating, I had the pleasure of interacting with the audience members where I would ask them all kinds of craft questions and throw various products out to them. It was a very crazy, fun time! Once the contestants were finished with their project our three judges, Marisa Pawwelko, Ana Araujo and Joy McDonnell, picked the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners. Each winner along with the timekeeper received fabulous prizes from our manufacturers.

All in all, the event was a huge success and I hope that CHA will consider doing it again at the CHA Winter Show in Anaheim, CA. Here are a few pictures of the event.

ENJOY!!!  Stay tuned for more show news

Until next time….

Stampin’ Queen Creations

Me with the Minute to Craft It! Challenge Poster

Hosting the Show

Throwing lots of Manufacturer's products at the audience!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Making Friendships That Last!

Hi Everyone,

I’m Back! Again. For those of you who follow my blog, you know by now that I have Crohn’s Disease. I haven’t posted in a while because once again my Crohn’s reared it’s ugly head and I had to have surgery again (this was my 21st!) But, instead of letting this disease knock me down for good, I fought hard and now I’m back! In honor of that I have decided to share a project with you about friendship.
Friendships are one of the most important relationships that you will ever make in your lifetime. It’s the one relationship that will sustain you through all of the highs and lows that life throws your way. My best friend Tina, or Teen as I call her, has always been there for me. She has never let me down in the 33 years we have been friends. She is one of the most important people in my life and I don’t ever want to think of what my life would be without her.
 A few years ago, Teen sent me this quote. It says, “A good friend will come bail you out of jail… but a True Friend will be sitting next to you saying, ‘Girl…we screwed up.’” For me that says it all. When Clearsnap called me and asked me to create a new project for them, I knew what I wanted the theme of the project to be: Friendship. So in the name of friendship, and in honor of my best friend Teen, I dedicated this book project to her. And I want to say to her, “Thanks for having my back and know that I will always have yours!”
 With that said, why don’t you do something special for your best friend? A scrapbook page with pictures of you both is a great way to tell your best friend how much you love her. Or, you can create a book like the one I designed. It’s so easy to do. For my book, I used Design Adhesives, glitters, and ink pads from Clearsnap. To use the Design Adhesives, peel the backing off, place on your project, sprinkle glitter and shake off excess glitter. That’s it. You’re done. They are simple to use and they give your projects that extra glittery shine. Doesn’t your best friend deserve a little extra glitter in her life? I know mine does.
Until next time...
Crafty Hugs,
Stampin' Queen Creations

©2011 Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations
 Book of Friendship
  • Design Adhesives- Dancing Hearts & Daisy Daze by Clearsnap®
  • Glitters- Sapphire, Peidot, Sparkling Amethyst by Clearsnap®
  • Watermark inkpad by Clearsnap®
  • Colorbox inkpads- Black & Sky Blue by Clearsnap®
  • Mini accordion book
  • Card stock- Blue, Green, Lavender, White
  • Cardstock stickers
  • Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives®
  • Assorted color brads
  • Ribbon- Green
  • Chalk Pencils by Faber-Castell®
  • Heat tool
  • Rubber Stamps- Friends Forever by Rubber Stampede®, Hearts by Inkadinkadoo®, Mini Star by
  • Stampendous, Girlfriends, Phone, Purse, Dress & Glasses by All Night Media®

1. Cut card stock as follows: One white 3 ½” x 4”, three green and three lavender 3 ½” x 3 ¾” and four blue
    3 ½” x 3 ¾”. On white card stock, stamp “Girlfriends” with black inkpad. Stamp “Friends Today” with blue
   inkpad. Dry ink with heat tool. Color image with chalk pencils. Apply glitter to stamped image. Attach brads.
2.  For front inside pages 1, 3 & 5, stamp pages with watermark inkpad. Decorate pages 2 & 4 with Design
    Adhesives and glitters. Attach brads to pages 2 through 4.
3.  For back inside pages 1, 4 & 5, stamp pages with Watermark inkpad. Decorate pages 2 & 3 with Design
    Adhesives and glitters. Adhere all pages to accordion book. Adhere stickers to pages.
4.  Adhere stamped white card stock to front of book. Attach ribbon.
Project Note- Add brads to the front of the inside pages only. Adding to both sides of the pages will cause the book to become too bulky.

©2011 Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations

©2011 Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations