Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Our First Guest Designer - Tiffany Pastor

Gail and I are excited to be adding a new feature to our Blog - Guest Designers.  We are busy bees lining up different guests for each month.  We wanted to start it off right so we are featuring a very sweet and talented stamp designer that is dear to our hearts, Tiffany Pastor....


Hello Everyone!
My name is Tiffany Pastor and I have been a "behind the scenes" gal with Cruise and Crop since it's inception back in 2006. While Gail and Cheri are the creative geniuses pouring into C&C, I tend to be available for some good 'ole fashioned grunt work from time to time. My husband Luke is Gail's son (and Cheri's big brother), and I have loved helping with CHA conventions, helping lead Cruise and Crop Cruises, and being an all-around cheerleader for the incredible company that Cruise and Crop has become. 

A little about me... I am a stay at home mom with two awesome children and incredibly loving husband. I feel so blessed to spend so much time with my kids while they are young! I also do freelance graphic design work which is easy to do from home. Then there is my fun pleasure.... CRAFTING! I have a closet in our spare room filled with craft goodies, and on occasion I steal away and "get my craft on"!  I have been blessed to merge my graphic design skills with the crafty chick inside of me, and I have been a Stamp Designer for Papertrey Ink for three years. 

Today I am showcasing my newest release: Frilly Flowers and dies. Frilly Flowers retails for $24 and the coordinating dies retail for $22 at Papertrey Ink's online store. It's a "must-have" die and stamp set with tons of versatility. The set includes jumbo-sized flowers with grungy and swirly designs. They are perfect for layering pieces, creating whimsical backgrounds, or making your own fashion accents. Just think of the fun you can have die cutting these fabulous shapes with tulle, fabric, felt and more!

Lately, a bunch of my friends, from all over the country, have been announcing that a baby is on the way. With all these pregnant mommies, I just had to make a little card to celebrate! I LOVE babies as well as the glow of an expectant mom. It is all really such a miracle! I coupled the dies and stamps to make the flower combos. The green leaves are also part of the set as well. PTI colors are Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, and Terracotta Tile. Love these colors!! 

Please check out my blog for more inspirations using the "Frilly Flowers" stamps and dies. You will fall in love!  


We hope you've enjoyed our first Guest Designer.  More to come!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Be Afraid, Don't be Strong"

Have you ever been so far behind that you have two of the same event to scrapbook?  Is that almost always, like me?  I got a wonderful idea from my Sister-In-Law to scrapbook both year's events at the same time.  This way, you have all your seasonal stamps and embellishments handy.  Less searching and clean-up means more precious time to scrapbook.

This past week I scrapbooked Fall/Halloween for 2010 & 2011.  

Pictured below are my son, Nate and my nephew, Noah - our Super Heroes.  Never mind that Noah is in his PJs and Nate is only partially costumed - they thought they were the real thing.  To make things worse - I made that mask for Nate about 20 minutes before we left because I heard that Noah had a mask.  I didn't want Nate to have mask envy.  

Noah had learned in church the week prior to "Be Strong, Don't be Afraid."  So at every house, the boys said this and performed their superhero moves (arms waving and then lunging).  Us parents thought this was adorable.  But my son Nate took the cake when he instead said, "Be Afraid, Don't be Strong."  Oh my - what a laugh.  It proves that he didn't know what he was saying - only that he was trying to be like his older cousin.

Most all of the paper is from Kaiser Craft's 13th Hour Line.  I love that when you cut off the bottom strip, one side is printed with a matching strip.  I used 3 of them on this page.

Flatten your pinwheels to make them fit better in your scrapbooks.  I just stapled them together.

So that brings us to 2011....

I got the layout idea for this page from Basic Gray's Blog (designed by Kelly Goree).  Kelly sailed on one of our Cruise & Crop cruises a few years ago.

A Season of Harvest stamp - from Tiffany Pastor's "Fall Elegance" stamp set by PaperTrey Ink.

Love my Slice - that's what I used to cut out "pumpkins"

I like to call Bayli our "Pumpkin Fairy Princess."  This costume came about when her aunt gave her the cute tu-tu for her birthday.  I made our matching bows. 

We live in a great neighborhood with even greater neighbors.  Nate & Bayli's real grandma (Gail) and all their other neighborhood grandparents were begging us to stop by.

Hope you enjoyed these layouts.  Now I'm off to tackle Thanksgiving and Christmas from the past two years.