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Saturday, July 30, 2011

In a week of Heat Warnings we finally have RAIN!

RAIN, Finally!
I'm so happy to finally get some relief from these 100+ degree days!

Sorry it has been a while since I posted on my blog.
I should have the tutorial for the mini album up this weekend.  The week simply got away from me!

Please check back, I'll have something for you real soon!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Announcing Ink Paper Rubber!

Overland Park has a new place to shop for stamps,paper and ink!
It's called "Ink Paper Rubber" and is located in Downtown Overland Park at 7220 W. 80th Street. 
Website addy is:

Jen Marquette, store owner says "In addition to craft and card making supplies, we also offer classes and parties for both children and adults. We carry a complete line of art rubber stamps, paints, inks and papers, along with decorative papers that can be used in craft and home decor projects."

Jen has been at the Craft and Hobby Association Show in Chicago all week and has been doing a lot of shopping so get ready!

Ink Paper Rubber FB Page:

Good Luck Jen, we can't wait to see your new store!

Jen shares a laugh with her Mom at Stamp Club!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tutorial postponed!

I am sorry but I didn't have enough time today to get the photos posted for the mini album tutorial.  I will be posting the How-To's in a day or so.  Sorry!!
By the way, if anyone has any requests or ideas for cards or mini-albums, please leave a comment!

See you soon!

Monday, July 18, 2011

And the winner is...

Congratulations to SarahMW who correctly guessed that the mini album was made from toilet paper rolls!  Yes folks, you read it right!  TOILET PAPER ROLLS! We had several correct guesses, so I selected the winner using  True Random Number Generator
SarahMW please send me an email to with your address so that I can mail you your prize!  
I will be posting a tutorial on how I made my pretty toilet paper mini album on Tuesday.
If you want to make one start saving your rolls!  You will need at least 3 for a small album, but you can use up to 6 for one like the one I made.  You will also be using acrylic paint, (I used Adirondack paint dabbers in Pink Sherbet, Raspberry and Juniper) cardstock (I used Melissa Frances), your choice of bling, and any other embellishments that will go with the theme of your album, including ribbon, trim, small prima flowers, large Recollections flowers, glimmer mist, and Melissa Frances resin Vintage Embellishments.  In addition, I used the Martha Stewart butterfly punch, and Girls Paperie Vintage Whimsey Sticker Market for images and the word stickers.

Thanks for your comments, and if you like my blog, or have any suggestions or requests, please leave a comment!  Have a great week!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Last day to guess on Mystery Album!

Today is the last day you can submit a guess on the mystery album!
Don't forget to leave a comment and you may win the prize!  Hint-it's something you use every single day! Winner will be announced on Monday July 18, 2011.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tim Holtz Class Memories

 A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend three classes held at Stamper's Ink by the infamous Tim Holtz.  It was an incredible experience!  I was lucky enough to win two door prizes, which included tons of Tim's products.  On top of that, I met several great women who shared my love of creating and crafting!
  Anne Marie working on her configuration box

                                                     Configuration Class Sample

                                                      Pandemonium Fun

                                          Class sample

                                     Mario Rossi and Tim Holtz

                 ReNae and Mario

                                          Class Sample

                                          Class Sample

               Tim teaching class                                        


ReNae and Tim at the end of class.  What a great weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mystery Mini-Album!

Recently I made this mini-album for my friend Kenna for her birthday which is coming up.
Can you guess how I made it?
If you can tell me what I used to make this mini, leave a comment and if you are correct, you will win some cool blog candy. If there is more than one correct answer, I will select the winner using
Leave your comment and guess from what material these album pages are made.
Good Luck!

p.s. I hope Kenna will like her album! What do you think of it?

Dedication and why Crabtree Creations? (updated 11/2/12)

I would like to dedicate my new blog to two people who have been very special to me. Ernestine Crabtree and
Richard Crabtree.

My Grandmother Ernestine Crabtree was  one amazing woman. Born in 1909, she was one of two children.  She graduated from High School in 1928 and played the organ at the Rivoli Theatre in Hastings Nebraska until the onset of "talkies".  Ernestine married Raymond Crabtree in 1929, and she raised three children during the Great Depression, ( my Dad being one of them) and often single-handedly while Raymond traveled as a salesman. She worked when it wasn't common for women to work, and was quite successful as co-owner of Radio Electronics Sales and Service.  She played golf, lots of cards, and the organ, and at age 91 taught "line dancing" to her peers.  Ernestine lived and maintained her own home until her death.  Grandma was active and vibrant. She enjoyed watching Husker Football every Saturday, (could never call her when "the game" was on!) and she loved listening to the Boston Pops.  Grandma was born on December 26th 1909 and died on December 25th, Christmas Day, 2011.  She completed 102 full years of life!  And boy did she live!  The photo above was taken 1 year before she passed.  Adorable, huh?

My Father, Richard Crabtree was born in 1931 and lived to age 76. He was an educator, and a terrific role model, not just to my brother and me, but to countless junior high students from 1956 to 1985. Richard was a fair and honest man, with integrity and honor. He was a football and basketball coach, and a mentor to students for years. He took several students to Washington DC with the Close-Up Program, and loved these United States. He served during the Korean War, but was a peaceful man. Richard loved to play golf, and enjoyed sports of all types, especially football. He is the person who took me to my first ever Husker Game in Lincoln, an event I will never forget as long as I live! He was there for me when I took my first steps, and when I dove off the starting block at my first swim meet. He instilled in me my competitive spirit and love of the game.
I was very lucky to have people in my life that were of such character and substance.
And it is in their name that I am calling my blog "Crabtree-Creations".
I hope they're proud of me!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Learning the art of blogging

Today I hope to educate myself on how to post photographs and videos to my blog. Stay tuned as I have a very pretty mini-album to show you! If you can guess what is is made from you can win some blog candy! I will be posting the album very soon, so check back and leave a comment, and you might win the prize! See you soon!

Welcome to my blog!

Hello! I have been blog-hopping for several years now, but never had a blog of my own. Until now! Finally I will have a way to post my artistic creations, including my sewing, quilting, jewelry making and paper crafting projects!
Stop by from time-to-time to see what I've been up to! I plan to post photos of my projects, favorite products, and of course some tutorials very soon, so please come back and check it out!
I hope you'll enjoy your visit and tell your friends to stop by too!
If you want to email me directly, please do so at

See you soon!