What we're about.

My Happy Place is a cozy, creative destination for scrapbookers and crafters to do what they love: relax and enjoy their favorite craft project. Our studio is a crafters dream! Our crops provide a venue ideal for scrapping - your own 6ft table, lots of space for friends, wi-fi, and many tools including a Cricut, Cuttlebug, and Sizzix Dies/cutter, to help you create beautiful scrapbook pages or crafts that your family will enjoy for years to come. We also offer a wide variety of classes and can host events such as birthdays, ladies nights, bridal/baby showers etc. that your guests will rave about for years.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Crop

Hey MHP fans!
I wanted to share some pictures from our
My Favorite Crafting Things Christmas Crop with y'all.
Somehow I missed getting a picture of our crafty friend Jen Peters, she must have been off doing some crafting at the Cricut when I took the picture of their table.  Sorry Jen. 
We had a fabulous time, everyone loved their gifts!
The food was wonderful and plentiful.
The company was the best and we had
lots of smiles and laughs!
I'm sorry we don't have a larger space to have more friends join us.
Sorry we missed some of you at our celebration.
Merry Christmas to all!


Be sure to check our schedule for the first 3 months of
Just click on the tab at the top of the page that says
"My Happy Place Schedule"
Hope to see y'all at some crops soon.
~ Crop Queen Kristie~

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

You're Invited!!!

Photo: I know it is early, but this annual party ALWAYS fills up fast so I wanted to post it now to give all my scrappers time to plan.  December 8th  6pm to Midnight is our Christmas Crop Party.  This years theme will be "MY FAVORITE (crafty) THINGS" and requires each participant to bring 3 items, all the same, costing approx $5 each.  We will do an exchange and everyone will go home with 3 new crafty gifts to use.  You also need to bring your favorite Holiday treat to share, can be a sweet - or an appetizer.  The crop fee for this party is only $5 and it will go to the Christmas Eve OutReach offering at Grove Street Christian Church.  Sign up early to secure your spot. and if you have questions feel free to ask.
I know it is early,
but this annual party ALWAYS fills up fast
 so I wanted to post it now to give all my scrappers time to plan.
 December 8th 6pm to Midnight
is our Christmas Crop Party.
This years theme will be
and requires each participant to bring 3 items,
all the same, costing approx $5 each.
We will do an exchange
and everyone will go home with 3 new crafty gifts to use.
You also need to bring your favorite Holiday treat to share,
can be a sweet - or an appetizer.
The crop fee for this party is only $5
and it will go to the
Christmas Eve Out Reach offering
at Grove Street Christian Church.
Sign up early to secure your spot
  and if you have questions feel free to ask.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Gift Card Holder Class

Just about everyone gives a gift card to someone for Christmas!
Want to be able to give those gift cards in style?
Come to our Gift Card Holder Class
with Kristie
on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m.
You will go home with patterns and the know how to make
5 different card holders.
You will receive supplies enough to make 2 of each.
Here are 2 of the holders you will learn to make.
(gift card not included)
Cost is $15.00 per person
Please make a reservation and payment by
November 7th. 
Checks payable to Kristie Maynard

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

"Celebrate It" layout class!

This is just one of the 4 pages you will make in the
          "CELEBRATE IT" layout class - November 1st at 6:30pm.
** Make 4 12x12 layouts all with a birthday theme. 
They can be used as wonderful layouts in your books. 
Jennifer Peters our CREATIVE MEMORIES consultant
will share with us some other ways to display these fantastic
and versatile L/O's. 
Class fee is $22 and advance registration is necessary. 
Registration for this class will close on Oct 24th.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Falling leaves

Hello, from the girls at My Happy Place!
I just wanted to pop in and show you this card that I made the other day.
It's a pretty quick and easy card to make.
I will be having a post on my personal blog in about a week or so that explains how to make that colored strip, but if you're at MHP and want me to show you, I'd be glad to.
Just ask me how, it's pretty easy and can be adapted to whatever color scheme you want.
Hope you are having a scrap happy day!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Adorable Chubby Chums Card Class

Mark your calendars for October 9th!
That evening at 6:30, Kristie will be leading a card making class using Chubby Chums images.
You will make 5 different cards and leave with supplies to make 5 more of the same.
Bring your favorite coloring supplies, colored pencils, water color pencils or crayons, alcohol ink markers, choose your favorite and bring them along. You will also need to bring your favorite dry adhesive.
 All other supplies will be supplied.
Reservation and payment is due no later than October 1st.
Fee for the class is $15.00, please make checks payable to Kristie Maynard. Sign up soon, as these cards are adorable and the class is sure to fill up quickly.
  Please note that the cards made in class may have different colored papers, but I will try to get them as close to these as possible.
Thanks! See you there.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Fall Project Class

This adorable Fall project will be offered on
Monday Oct. 1st at 6:30pm. 
Once you know how to make it, you'll be making all sorts of them for fun and gifts! $12. 
This project class will fill up fast so sign up early!
Phone, e-mail, facebook us to sign up.
Make checks payable to Jennifer Peters
Reservation and payment due by September 21st
so there will be plenty of time for Jen to get the supplies and have everything ready to go.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Think outside the box

Hello everyone!
Let's talk a little bit about being different.
Sometimes different is a very good thing.
So when making cards or layouts, try something a little different, try thinking outside the box.

Here are a few ideas for working outside the box.
This card isn't your usual card that opens. 
 I used a tiny brown bag as a pocket for a tag on the front of a card.
You can stamp or write a sentiment on the tag and put it into the pocket.
Something a little out of the ordinary and it works.

On the layout below I have used pictures in a few different ways.
I used some of the pieces I had trimmed off the pictures to make letters.
The word "Sands" is cut out of pictures of the sand.
I used the Sizzix (which we have at MHP) to cut these letters, so it was easy to position the die on the small bits and pieces of pictures.
I had several pictures that were take from quite a distance from the subject.
This picture below is a picture of my husband at the top of a huge hill of sand. To give more attention and interest to him in the picture, I cut out various sizes of squares and framed him at the top of the hill.
I used card stock and another picture of the sand to frame him.
Doing this draws attention to the subject of the picture and reinforces the size of the hill he was on.
So next time you're making a card or a layout, try thinking outside the box, use some different supplies, or the leftover pieces, use a different style, do something out of the ordinary.
You might just love what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope I've given you some ideas and inspiration.  Hope to see you at My Happy Place soon!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Card Class

It's on!
  Card Class will be held on Monday August 27th at 7pm.
Stamp and complete 3 of each card for a total of 15 cards for $30.
  This is a pre-pay class, payments are due to me by August 20th.
 If you write a check please make it out to "Annette Rizzo."
  These cards are 100% ADORABLE, and youth themed. Who's in??
Our contact information is at the right side of the blog, so zip off an e-mail or give a call and let us know that you want to join in on this class.
It's sure to be a popular one!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fall Schedule

Here are our dates for the fall months.  Hope to see you at My Happy Place soon!
Be sure to check back, there may be more dates for classes and crops added as time goes on. 
Please note that this schedule can be viewed by clicking on the tab labeled "My Happy Place Schedule" at the top of the page.
To make reservations or if you have questions our phone number and  e-mail address are at the right side of the page.
Happy Crafting!

September dates:
Saturday, September 8th  3-11pm crop $12.00 with Crop Queen Kristie
Saturday, September 15th  3-11pm crop $12.00 with Crop Queen Danielle
Sunday, September 23rd  3-11pm Pot Luck Crop $12.00 bring a dish to pass for dinner with Crop Queen Jen
Saturday, September 29th 11am - 11pm crop $18.00 with Crop Queen Danielle

October dates:
Saturday, October 6th 3-11 crop $12.00 with Crop Queen Kristie
Tuesday, October 9th 6:30pm  "Chubby Chums" card class with Kristie
Friday, October 12th 6-12pm crop $9.00 with Crop Queen Danielle
Saturday, Octber 20th 11am - 11pm Specialty Crop Theme TBA! $30.00
Will include dinner and prizes!
Sunday, October 28t 3-11pm Pot Luck Crop $12.00 bring a dish to pass for dinner with Crop Queen Jen.

November dates:
Friday, November 2nd 6-12pm crop $9.00 with Crop Queen Kristie
Sunday, November 4th 3-11pm Pot Luck Crop $12.00 bring a dish to pass for dinne with Crop Queen Jen.
Saturday, November 10th 3-11pm crop $12.00 with Crop Queen Danielle
Saturday, November 17th 3-11pm crop $12.00 with Crop Queen Danielle.
Friday, November 23rd 11am-11pm Black Friday Specialty Crop $30.00 Will include dinner, prizes and some surprizes with Crop Queen Kristie

December dates:
Saturday, December 8th 3-11pm $12.00 Christmas Crop
Merry Christmas to all!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Selflessness Project

Earlier this week I came across this story
and decided to make a card to send out to Matthew for his project.
Here is the card I made at MHP on Saturday.

I used some distress inks for the background and alcohol inks to color the
"Flying Girl Holder" (#21701)
"Oval Balloon" (#5201)
and "Heart Balloon" (#5204)
which are all images from Eureka! Stamps
The grass is stamped with
"Field Grass Right" (#38925)
from Biblical Impressions.
The girl and balloons were fussy cut and adhered to the card with foam tape.
I hope you'll read the story about this little boy and maybe make a card or two to send off to him for his project.
On their facebook page his Mom says they have already surpassed his goal and it is bigger than they ever imagined and I'm sure it's going to keep on growing!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Upcycling on card.

Hello My Happy Place friends!
Here's a simple card that you can make from your "trash"
Yes!  That's right, I said trash!
The last time I was at MHP I wanted to make a card with this design, but I was having trouble finding some paper scraps that matched. 
If you have ever come to MHP you probably know Marie, well she saw I was having problems and tossed a paper at me and said "try this"
What I ended up doing was punching these squares out of the front cover paper from a pack of paper.  You know the one, it shows strips of the papers that are in the pack.
Thus I used trash to make this card!

I arranged the squares and adhered them to a piece of scrap from my stash then ran it through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder.

I used "Just a Note" (#6405)
from Eureka! Stamps for the sentiment at the bottom and added some pink and blue embroidery floss.
Easy peasy!
Next time your are going to throw away your "trash" think again and see if you can make something with it.
Check here to see another way that I used "trash" on a card.

Thanks for stopping by today, leave a comment and let me know if you have ever used "trash" on a project.
Hope to see you soon at My Happy Place!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Video from Stamp TV

Hello MHP fans!
Today I'm sharing a video with you.  I love Gina K's videos on Stamp TV, she always has wonderful designs and some great tips.
This video shows a great tip for lining up panels on the front of your card.
It also shows how to use the Bow Easy.

Some of you have seen my home made version of this tool that I have at MHP.  Here's a chance to see how it is used.  Now if you ever want to borrow mine home made one at MHP, just ask.
To be honest, it may take me a minute or two to remember how to make a bow with it as I don't use it all that often, but we'll figure it out.
This is the card she does in the video.
I'd love to see your version of it.
Happy Stamping!


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Chubby Chums

To see the whole write up of the story behind these cards, visit my personal blog, Kristie Kreates.
Now I just want to show you these little guys and ask what you think.
A couple of the gals at MHP would like me to do a class to make these cards.  What do y'all think?  Would you come to a class to make these cards?
Leave a comment and let me know if you would like this class offered at My Happy Place.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Stamping on Layouts

I do a lot of stamping and it is becoming more popular at My Happy Place.  Here is a blog post that I thought y'all might be interested in. 
It's about stamping on layouts, something I love to do,
but just don't do very often.

I think I need to make an effort to do more stamping on my layouts.
Anyone want to join me?

Here are a few layouts that I have made in the past that I have used stamping on.
This layout the entire title
"Kelsie Angel Baby" was done with stamps
and then colored with watercolor crayons.

On this layout the JOY and the Christmas trees were stamped
The JOY was colored and the trees were fussy cut.

When my nephew and niece got married they used peacock feathers in their wedding.  In the scrapbook I made for them this was the title page.
The large feather was on the paper, but the smaller one was done with a stamp and gold embossing powder.

Here are some more of the peacock feather stamps.
I stamped them with VersaMark ink and then went over them with
Perfect Pearls for the color.

On this layout, the shoe at the bottom of the page was stamped and colored.
I just happened to find a stamp that the shoes were almost the same as the shoes Renee wore for the wedding.

These are a few ways that stamps can be used in scrapbooking.
Why not give it a try?
If you need some instruction or help in any way, be sure to ask, I'm there to help anytime!

Thanks for stopping in today, hope you have enjoyed this post.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Want to learn some new techniques? 
How about this one?  Simple!
You know those acetate packages that are so hard to get into,
 then you cut up and throw away?
You know the ones that Cricut cartridges, new tools etc. come in!
Well, don't throw them away!
Bring them in to My Happy Place and I'll show you what you can do with them to repurpose them for a card or a layout.
Here's a card that I used some acetate on.
Ask me how next time you stop in. 
 I'll be glad to show you how!
All you need is a piece of acetate
and we have the Cuttlebug and folders to work with. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Card Making

Cards don't have to be complicated.
  Here are 3 cards I made recently at My Happy Place.
This first one is very simple and easy to put together.
All you need is a few coorinating scraps, a paper cutter, a stamp and a pen or two. There are always people who have stamps that you can borrow if you don't have any of your own.
Or choose from some of the ones that My Happy Place offers for your use.

The second one is a little more work, but still simple and easy to make.
When you come to My Happy Place, ask me how I made my U stamp.

This third card was a bit more work yet, but still pretty basic, just need to use a few stamps and the Cuttlebug and some Spellbinders dies. We have a Cuttlebug and some dies for your use at My Happy Place.
Just ask one of the "Scrap Queens" how to use them and we'll show you how.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope to see you at My Happy Place soon.
Leave us a comment and let us know what you'd like to see on the blog. Become a follower and come back soon.
Happy Crafting!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Christmas in July class!

Jennifer Peters stopped in one day to show us some ideas that she had for classes and I'll tell you she has some great things going on.  This project is just wonderful.  The only thing you have to add is your own recipes and pictures!  It would make a wonderful gift for a bridal shower, birthday, Christmas or something to keep for yourself!
Now accepting pre-payments for our CHRISTMAS IN JULY heirloom recipe album class. Mark this on the calendar as it is one you won't want to miss! Class is Tuesday July 24 at 6:30. Cost is $52 for album, kit, and classroom instruction. I recommend that you start pulling out recipes that you will want to include and making sure you have some photos to go with. Pictures of people, food and also occasions will work nicely in this project.
EVERYONE MUST BE REGISTERED AND PAID BY JULY 10! Please make checks out to Jennifer Peters and send them to MHP, or drop off in person at your next crop. THANKS!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Stamping on pages from old books

One of my recent favorite techniques is stamping on pages from old books.
I love the look of the old paper, the old print and the stamp over the text.
Here are a few cards that I have made recently at My Happy Place using this technique.
The borders on this card and the one below, were done with one of the punches available for use at My Happy Place.
All these stamps are from either QKR Stampede or Eureka! Stamps
and are from my personal collection.

 This last card, I didn't stamp onto the page, but used the page as a background for a couple images that I stamped, colored and fussy cut.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these cards and gotten some inspiration from them.
If you have any questions about this technique feel free to leave them in a comment or ask me next time you stop in to My Happy Place.
Hope to see you soon!