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Summer Blog Carnival

Summer is just flying by! Soon all the kids will be back in school and we will be pulling out those sweaters and jackets. But in the meantime, while the weather is still warm and sunny, we have some great summer projects to share with everyone.

This Summer Blog Carnival is proudly sponsored by Taylored Expressions. Satisfy your creative sweet tooth with whimsical rubber stamps, coordinating kits, and fun embellishments at Taylored Expressions!

And please, if you are listed below, don’t forget to share this link on YOUR blog and with your friends to complete the circle of crafty love. Thanks to all who participated and shared your wonderful ideas!

Taylor creates a keepsake box (pictured above) for storing vacation memories, receipts, ticket stubs, photos, etc. She’s used her TE Perfect Package and the Hangin’ Out at the Beach set.

Michele’s handmade citronella candles are not only perfect for keeping the mosquitoes away but are beautiful as well.
This sea themed layout features many little extras that pack a huge punch.

Vicki O’Dell will show you how to make a picnic chandelier over on her blog.

Cammie’s summer card will win you over with its cute little image and huge sunglasses, adorable.

Want the little one to look snazzy in a tie this summer without the hassle? Then make this little t-shirt from Julie’s blog.
How about some summer themed cupcakes for your next cook out?

Edie shows you how to turn boring sandals into gorgeous Marc Jacobs sandals.

Tie Dye, the pattern of summer, is a great kids craft project. Now try it with Sharpies!

Cammy made some great summer cards featuring bright colors and delightful images.

This great layout about her shades from Megan features Studio Calico’s Summer Camp.

These colorful collage cluster bottles from Alexa would be great year-round and brighten any room.

Carol has turned an ordinary thank you card into an extraordinary one with a summer image.
I’ll bet the birds love this summer cottage birdhouse that Jacqueline has created.
You’re gonna love the waves on Crystal’s summer card.
Bernadette has a great idea for storing your grill matches that is super cute.
This gorgeous shadowbox from Karola will no doubt be displayed year-round.

This cute little teddy bear card with stitching from Joanne will warm your heart.

Rachel’s bombshell beauty is already for her day at the beach.
Carol’s altered sneakers are summertime-ready.
This summer layout by Chiarra features cute little whales.
Michal’s mini album will hold lots of summer memories for years to come.
Misty’s layout features her cute little daughter on a trip to the Bahamas.
This Boo Boo Box from Jenny would be great to pack on those weekend getaways.
The Camera’s Eye blog features some great vintage summer photos.

On the ScrapGal blog there are a number of projects including Pool Party Invites.

Cassie’s handmade ribbon mobile features tiny butterflies.
Check out the summertime glass jar keeper on Cassie’s blog, delightful.

Use your Cricut to cut these gift bags from Kelleigh’s blog.

Make your own chalkboard paint to keep the little ones busy this summer.

You can count on Martha Stewart’s Crafts Dept. to always offer the best in Summer Crafts.

The Long Thread shared these 50 ideas for Summer Crafty Fun.
Skip to my Lou had a wonderful Celebration of their own; 30 days, 30 bloggers, and 30 Summer Crafts.
Once again… if find yourself listed here, we’d love it if you’d share the linky love and post something on your blog about this carnival of Summer Craft ideas. Now get crafting!
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Craft Critique at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

I recently had the opportunity to attend an exclusive “Blogger’s Night Out” party at the Martha Stewart Living Offices.  The invitation was offered just days before the event, so it was in a whirlwind that I hopped on a plane to NYC.  
As you know, all crafty women and home makers are required by US law to worship Martha Stewart.  I abide by this law, and was hopeful in my attendance to leave with at least a MSLO napkin, if not a lock of Martha’s hair.  Thank goodness security was present at the event.  Martha’s blond coif would remain unharmed.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Bloggers'  Night Out
Upon arrival we were greeted by the myriad of youthful MSLO staffers, and given our custom name-tags.  In “Martha blue” of course.
Bloggers Liesl Gibson and Andrea Chan check in
My date, and NYC tour guide, Carol Cho from BurdaStyle and took turns posing in the lobby…

While unbeknown to us, Martha Stewart was playing ping-pong in the room down the hall.  Honest to pete!  This was my chance! 

Martha and designer Kevin Sharkey sure look happy.  I’m sure the strategically placed ping pong table wasn’t *just* a well lit photo op.  I am sorry that we didn’t each get a chance to lob the ball a bit with Martha.  Rumor has it she is a well practiced player.  And hello, she just celebrated her 69th birthday!  Who doesn’t want to be like her when they grow up?

Unfortunately the handsome servers had filled our hands with Honeydew Agua Frescas on the way into the party. I mean look, here is Martha standing seemingly ALONE!  But I have a bag (a big heavy overnight bag no less) and this drink, plus my camera and my iPhone… oh, and my bag of business cards…

So this is me, captured looking like a “super-geek-fan”, my plans to meet Martha foiled by the drink tucked under my left armpit.  Where is Nate the Intern when I need him?

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Bloggers' Night Out

But the Craft Critique readers need photos right?!?

And I even captured this video for you of Martha speaking at the event… note at about the 3:22 mark when she looks me in the eye and tells me that “real businesses can evolve from your blog”.  Honestly, I got a tad misty.

The rest of the night played out as expected… hobnobbing with Jennifer Koppelman-Hutt and Alexis Stewart from “Whatever Martha” one minute…

Crafting with Hanna Millman of the Crafts Dept. the next!

Attendees milled about, chatting and networking.  It was so fun to meet some of my favorite bloggers, and learn about so many new blogs as well!  You can follow along some of the chatter and read some fun party highlights by following the #marthablogger hashtag on Twitter.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Bloggers' Night Out

Foods and beverages from the latest issue of Everyday Food were served.

Grilled S’mores anyone?
The Agua Frescas that saved Martha from being accosted by yours truly:
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Bloggers' Night Out
Bistro Sliders with Pickled Onions.  Delish!
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Bloggers' Night Out
Really tasty treats by One Girl Cookies
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Bloggers' Night Out

There were these cute passports we got to stamp at each table that featured lists of “must-see”NYC destinations.  Too bad I didn’t have any time to spare!

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Bloggers' Night Out

And let’s not forget the crafts!  We were shown how to use the popular Around the Page Punch and Edger Punch.  Craft Critique approved!

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Bloggers' Night Out

We love the Martha Stewart Crafts line here at Craft Critique.  Especially recommended are the Glitters, punches and the new Score Board!  You can see a Video of the Score Board we filmed at CHA HERE.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Bloggers' Night Out

The party was a DREAM!  But even more exciting was the personal tour of the MSLO offices we honored to receive the following day.  The offices are spacious and filled with natural light.  We were able (no cameras allowed) to tour the test kitchens and craft areas.  We saw some sneaks of Christmas decor in Hanna’s office; woodland animals, placed on stumps around a tree covered with glittered birds!  Love!

All of the offices are filled with amazing inspiration; floor to ceiling cork-boards covered with magazine clippings, colors and fabric swatches.  It all happens here! We saw people working on TV show edits in one office, just down the hall from the Weddings department, overflowing with dresses!  We even saw Martha’s office (I was not however, allowed to sit in her chair, spin around and squeal “whee”).

I was pleased to note that Martha has an open, glass walled office.  No closed door meetings are happening in there!  Employees at MSLO seemed genuinely thrilled to be working in this amazing environment.  We were told Martha takes a very hands-on approach, and she in in frequent attendance at the office; something that is obvious considering the quality of product her team is able to consistently produce.

My favorite part of the tour was the props room.  All neatly curated, every dish, glass, vase or chair you have ever seen in the pages of Living.  The room was right next to the space where the party was held, which turns out to be their photography studio.  Many of the photos you see in the magazine are shot right there… backdrops and counter tops swapped out from the prop room.  One of my favorite food bloggers, Matt Bites had some terrific photos of the prop room in his event recap.

For more fun event pics, visit the Event Flickr Group.

So in summary, I could have danced all night.  I left feeling inspired and fortunate to have been given this unique opportunity to peek into the wonderful world of Martha. 

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CHA Blog Carnival – sponsored by The Cat’s Pajamas

This CHA Blog Carnival is proudly sponsored by The Cat’s Pajamas.

Ready for the swingiest, swankiest stamps and dies around? Pour that martini and get your Cat’s Pajamas on! Visit The Cats Pajamas for more information about these products as well as their entire line of stamps.

And please, if you are listed below, don’t forget to share this link on YOUR blog and with your friends to complete the circle of crafty love. Thanks to all who participated and shared your wonderful ideas!

Want to see some great photos from the Jenni Bowlin booth?  Just check out Megan’s blog.

Christine has great coverage of the entire show as well as videos of Tim Holtz, Claudine Hellmuth and Suede from Project Runway.

Check out all the cool banner photos on Vicki O’Dell’s blog.

Robyn shares some of her favorite finds at CHA including the Epiphany Button Studio.
There are lots of lots of posts on the Paint Me Plaid blog.
Get a look through the eyes of the Mod Podge Rocks creator Amy Anderson with her CHA posts.
Lots of great photos from the show including the Websters Pages booth on the Unkit blog.
Michele shares her CHA photos including some pictures of the new Cricut Imagine.
The I Live. Teach. Create blog has posted lots of photos and videos of their favorite products and booths.
There is great coverage of all things sparkly at the CHA Super Show on Ellie’s blog.
Christine Middlecamp has lots of great photos from the show including some awesome Maya Road shots.
Leslie has great coverage of the Scrapbook Royalty Super Crop where her friend won the Making Memories Slice Machine that our own Sarah Moore had the pleasure of awarding.
The PaperCrafter’s Corner shares lots of stuff from Ranger ink.
A great perspective of the CHA is on Claudia’s blog complete with photos.

Nan shares her favorite photos from the show on her blog.

Jenny from Craft Test Dummies has lots of great photos and posts of her time at the show.
Nancy Nally from Scrapbook Update shares her top 10 picks from CHA Summer 2010.
The Creating Keepsakes Blog does a fun “cute booth tour”.
Erin Bassett, the Yudu queen, gives you a peek at some of the new products for the Yudu machine.
The Copic Marker team was on hand at CHA showing off some of their new products like the new swatch books.
Get a look at the My Mind’s Eye booth with the videos on their blog.
Chica and Jo have lots of great information on some new CHA debuted products as well as lots of videos.
For lots of photos and a great explanation of what CHA is, check out Julie’s post.
Scrapscene shows off some of the great Make and Takes at the Show.
Here is Jessica’s list of the 10 products she loved at this years CHA.
The paper pile has several videos from CHA including Tim Holtz products.
Angie shares her CHA slideshow on her blog.

Deena’s new paper line that she designed was unveiled at this year’s show.

Amy got photos with great friends and designers and posted them on her blog.

And we’ve got more CHA articles coming this weekend… including our trend watches and favorite booths! Thanks for reading!


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