Oct 24

Out-of-this-world Inspiration

With so much of my inspiration usually coming from nature, I took a look upwards to see what could come of it. It’s no surprise that the “cosmos” is trending right now with shows like “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odysseythat have recently aired on TV. With so many ideas stirring in my head, from comets to galaxies, down to molecules and atoms, I had to create something with this out-of-this-world inspiration, literally. You can buy my following galactic goods in my Etsy shop as of today.

Rings shown: Comet in the sky, Midnight Moon and Yellow Moon.

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Which is your favorite? Have you been following the cosmic trend lately?

 

Shop rings now: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KrysthleDesigns

Find more galactic inspiration with Krysthle Designs on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/krysthledesigns/cosmic-trend/

 

xo krys

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Sep 15

Gatineau Handmade Marketplace

The Gatineau Handmade Market place that I organized from April until Now is finally happening and doing great! I wanted to organize a craft show in a great venue with beautiful products from local artisans, and it’s a success!

I am holding the shows each weekend of September at Les Galeries de Hull, 320 Boul St-Joseph in Hull, Quebec. The opening hours are from 10am to 5pm.  Two more shows to go, come see us on the 20-21 and 27-28 of September! Just a note that the 27 and 28 are the Etsy: Made in Canada Gatineau Show, and we will be showcasing all Esty shops at the Marketplace!

I wanted to share some pictures from the event so far, so here they are!

 

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krysthle designs delicate jewelry

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vintage girls

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carterie caro

mania selling cupcakes

janine dupont

ca veste

bijoux estreilla

mme ortega

miti maru

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bird cage flowers

 

ok, LOTS of work to do! So have a nice week :)

 

XOX krys

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Jul 30

Huge Sale ends tomorrow

If you didn’t know, tomorrow is your last day to shop HUGE discounts at KrysthleDesigns.etsy.com ! Save from 25% to 50% off for the Christmas in July sale!

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25% off Spike bracelets

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35% off macramé and friendship bracelets

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50% off select earrings


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Shop now at Krysthle Designs! The sale ends on July 31st at midnight.

 

Krys

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Jul 21

Romance in Montebello

Krysthle Designs featured in Marriage Quebec magazine

I am so grateful to be able to share my latest accomplishment. With the help of local artisans and a hard-working team, my jewelry and papercrafts are featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Marriage Quebec, a bridal magazine. It’s really amazing news! Here is a peak of what you can find in the magazine!

 

 

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Here are the credits to this wonderful team, feel free to contact any of them for your wedding or other events:

Artistic Director: Mlle artsy | Photographer: Tyna Mathews Photographe | Breakfast table amd decor: Miss Celebrations | Cakes: Mlle Gateaux | Bouquet, boutoniere, accessories and decor: Mlle Artsy | Vintage china and crystal: Les Trouvailles de France & Vic (Encan Masson) | Wedding dress: Alliance Bridal | Jewelry and invitations: Krysthle Designs | Vintage car: Association des voitures antique de l’Outaouais (AVAO) | Engraved window: L’Univers artistique de Chany | Bowtie: MissClip Outaouais | Makeup artist: Michelle Guay | Hair stylist: Stephanie Thibert-Riel | Bride and Groom: Diana and Daniel

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Jun 05

Etsy Craft Party

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Looking for something to do Friday Night? Check out your local Etsy Craft Party! They are happening all over the world. You can find one near you here: https://www.eventbrite.com/directory/?q=”etsy+craft+party”&loc=Worldwide&spellcheck=1

I will be hosting, in partnership with Renée from Peaberry 3 workshops in Aylmer, QC. Everyone in the Ottawa/Gatineau region is welcome to attend. Gatineau Craft party sign-up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/etsy-2014-craft-party-gatineau-tickets-11415085829 or you can just show up at the door, we will take you in!

Here are the details:

When and where: Friday, June 6, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Gatineau (Aylmer), QC

What: 5$ workshops (each)

Photo embroidery: learn techniques to add colorful accents to your pictures. You will learn several simple techniques and stitches to embellish your picture. Broderie de photo: apprenez des techniques pour accentuer vos photos avec de la couleur et de la ficelle. Vous apprendrez plusieurs techniques et des mailles pour embellir vos photos.

Photo paint: learn techniques to add a splash of color to your pictures! You will learn how to use acrylic paints to create glazes, and how to use different mediums to create texture in your pictures. Peinture sur photo: apprenez des techniques pour colorer vos photos. Vous apprendrez comment créer des glacis et comment utilisé une variété de médiums pour créer de la texture dans vos photos.

Scrapbook page: create a backdrop against which to frame your pictures. We will be using elaborate stencils and sprays to create unique and colorful designs against which to set your pictures. Page de scrapbook: Vous pourrez aussi créer un arrière-plan sur lequel placer et encadrer vos photos revitalisées. Vous apprendrez comment utiliser des pochoirs détaillés et des vaporisateurs pour créer des arrière-plans uniques.

See you there!

Krys

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Apr 24

Etsy Craft Party: Gatineau

 

 

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This year, I am organizing the Etsy Craft Party again! I am super psyched to tell you all about it! My friend Renée who owns the Peaberry Boutique and Studio and who organizes the Savoir Faire twice a year is also organizing it with me. Our theme is Recapture your old pictures. We will be offering 3 small workshops: the photo embroidery workshop, the photo paint workshop and the scrapbook page workshop (to put your new fabulous pictures on and to frame!)  These are going to be some really fun workshops,  and I hope that those of you in Gatineau/Ottawa join us for our Etsy Craft Party!

For more information and to sign up, you can visit https://gatineaucraftparty.eventbrite.ca and register.

Each workshop is only 5$, a great value!

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What to bring:

the photo embroidery workshop: 1 or 2 pictures, black and white (recommended) or color, 4×6 or 5×7 inches

the photo paint workshop: 1 or 2 pictures, black and white (recommended) or color, 4×6 or 5×7 inches

the scrapbook page workshop: the dimensions of the frame you will use. Recommended sizes are 8.5 x11 or 12×12 inches. Anything much bigger than your picture will do.

 

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It’s going to be so fun! If we get 25 people to RSVP, then we get some free supplies to help offset the cost of the party! So please RSVP  today https://gatineaucraftparty.eventbrite.ca 

See you there!

 

xo krys

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Feb 06

Soap Packaging ideas for party favors: The crafty Chicks Blog Hop

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Welcome to another month of the Crafty Chicks Blog Hop!  If you are here, you are in the right place to start the hop! We decided that we would have a Free-for-all theme! You will be surprised at what cool and fun projects everyone has come up with!

This month, is the month of love. What better time to make babies! And it just so happens that a new client of mine wanted some baby shower soap party favors. I wanted to try out some ideas and see how I could use them and combine them to create earthy and neutral colored favors that are gender neutral.

If you have scrapbooking, card making or general paper crafts supplies, then I am sure you can find some interesting ones in your personal stash to use. I was low on a few things and had to buy them, such as the burlap and the jute twine and ribbon. But I had everything else on hand. The fun part is that you can mix and match your supplies to create a bunch of different looks! Here are some ideas of what you can use:

Scrapbooking paper (the thin kind, easy to fold)

Cardstock, ribbon, twine, cord, lace, skeleton leafs, stickers, die-cuts, stamps, ink, embossing powder, washi tape, tags, felt pens (metallic, opaque, calligraphy), raffia ribbon, crepe paper, and so much more!

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 There is really no need for a tutorial. All you need to do is cut strips of paper, use paper as a gift wrapping, tie bows and knots, and use your die cuts and die-cutting machine to make them. The rest is up to you. But here are some ideas. Some I made, some I didn`t.

  1. Layer burlap and ribbon (or twine, or cord);
  2. Wrap up a soap with paper as if it is a gift;
  3. Use a strip of paper and decorate it with stamps and embossing powder;
  4. Layer papers and ribbons
  5. Die-cut a box and add mini soap in them
  6. Wrap up your soaps with waxed paper and use colorful washi tape to keep everything in place.
  7. Use a tag and punch a hole at the top. Run some twine or cord through it and make a bow knot. It will keep the tag in place.

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 I hope you enjoyed some of these ideas! Please share your ideas for soap packaging with me below in the comment section! I am always looking for neat new ideas! Also, if you would like to learn how to make no fuss soap, I would recommend trying Melt and Pour soap making. You basically melt the soap base, add coloring and fragrance, and pour into your mold. It`s super easy, not that expensive and time saving! You also know exactly what it going into your soap and can make unique soaps that are tailored to your needs!

I might do a post on it when I get around to making my soap this weekend!

I also made a Pinterest board with ideas right here if you are a Pinterest fan!

http://www.pinterest.com/krysthledesigns/soap-packaging-ideas/

Moving on! If you didn`t know yet, each month, we host a giveaway along with our blog hop. So leave me a comment about soap packaging ideas or any other comment actually! Then, make sure you fill in our rafflecopter giveaway. It’s our way of keeping track of who is entering the contest. Finally, to be eligible, you need to blog hop your way to all the other blogs and leave them a comment too!

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This month, our giveaway prize comes from the 3 Girl Jam by Julie. You could win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to 3 Girl JAM (www.3girljam.com). Make sure you leave a comment on her blog post about which is the newest product from her website!

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 Your next stop on the blog hop is with Jessica from Homespun Elegance. She is always making trendy projects!

In case you needed to know our lineup for this month, here it is:

 Krysthle Designs (You are here)

Homespun elegance

Scraptastic memories

3 Girl Jam

Smiley Guy Designs

Peaberry Designs

Two of our blogger friends are dealing with the big snow storm that hit the U.S. They will posting as soon as their internet connections are up and working. So come back during the week to visit:

Broken Treasures

Touch of Creation

 

Xox Krys

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Jan 27

Etsy Finds: The best of Etsy

I came across a very cool website today shared by an Etsy  friend Cathy from sparklecityjewelry (I wanted to give you credit) So I investigated and found out it is REALLY cool!

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Here is the scoop! With my incredible deductive and investigative skills, I discovered that Etsy  Finds was created  around January 18 (the first posts start here) , by Jonas, a very nice man who on an almost daily basis posts really cool Etsy Finds to his blog. To get featured on his blog, all you need is to click on `the get featured on Etsy Finds` link at the top of the page. Instructions will guide you on how-to apply.

http://etsyfind.wordpress.com/

I think that overall, this site had a great clean design and has lots of potential to become a big hit! I am positive that this blog is growing every day with new followers, such as I, whom discover it and fall in love with this brilliant idea for promoting your Etsy business! (Why didn’t I think of it first?? arg! LOL). It looks like a lot of work, so I want to thank you Jonas for all the hard work you put into maintaining that blog!

Now all of my Etsy friends who will read this, I urge you to comment on this post to show Jonas that I am Sidebar worthy :P And I also urge you to apply! It`s quick, fast and simple. And you get exposure for your business. Also, if you know me, you know that I racked my brain to figure out creative ways to promote this blog. Here are some ideas that I came up with. Please feel free to retweet, repin, reshare, heart and comment on all these links!

1. Twitter:

https://twitter.com/krysthle/status/427909768766705664

https://twitter.com/krysthle/status/427909979358494720

2. Pinterest

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/144326363032511051/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/144326363032511056/

3. StumbleUpon: www.stumbleupon.com/content/2HK5YX/likes

4. Wanelo:  wanelo.com/p/10111111/etsy-finds5.

5. Amazine: www.amazine.com/story/Etsy-finds-the-best-of-Etsy-_927441/?post=999988

6. Google +: https://plus.google.com/116633143784770995877/posts/TcXfJPiTEx2

7. Facebook:

Like page here, I did! https://www.facebook.com/bestetsyfinds

https://www.facebook.com/Krysthledesigns/posts/10151925178081483

Okay, I think I have promoted everywhere that I have a good following! Best of luck to all of you! And let me know if you get featured, so that I can go promote your post on the blog! And while you are at it, let him know that Krysthle Designs sent you!

xox krys

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Jan 22

How to make Color Palettes

Guess what! I’m not sleeping again! Perfect time to catch up on some questions I have received lately!

Using Picmonkey to make collages and color palettes

I discovered Picmonkey.com last year and it`s a great resource to have! It`s free (limited access), or you can upgrade to have access to all the features that site offers. Lately, on one of my Etsy teams, we have made collages of our products to promote on Pinterest. Since Collages get better views on Pinterest, it was actually a great idea!

I have received some questions about how to use Picmonkey to make collages and color Palettes. It`s actually quite simple. I will show you here how to make them for free and give you a few extra tips I picked up along the way.

 

Making the collage and color Palette

1. Go to www.picmonkey.com and click on ‘Create a Collage’

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2. Click on ‘Open Photos’, ‘click on Import from computer’ and import the pictures you would like to add to the collage.

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3. Click on ‘Layouts’ button in the left hand side bar and select the collage format you would like to use. I clicked on `Pinter-etsy` and deleted the extra picture boxes that I did not need, but you choose which ever one is best for you and the number of images you plan on using. Make sure that you leave some white space at the bottom or on the side to add the color palette.

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4. Add pictures and rotate your layout if needed.

5. Once you are happy with your collage, click on ‘Edit’ and the picture will open in the ‘Editor’. Once you do this, you can`t go back and change the collage.

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6. Click on the ‘Layouts’ (the Butterfly Icon in the left side bar) and choose your shape that you would like to use for the color palette.

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7. I chose a square. Place the shape in the white space and resize it to fit the space. Right click on the square overlay and click on duplicate to get an exact copy.

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8. Now my three squares don’t quite fit.

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9. I deleted the third square, and inserted two rectangles. I guess my color palette will have 4 colors!

10. Click on your first square, and the ‘Overlays’ menu will appear. Click on the ‘Color Dropper’. This tool lets you pick up any color from the image. Do the same for your other shapes.

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11. You have successfully created your color palette, now don`t forget to save it!Color Palette Wedding

Tips:
1. Using the ‘Biggie Smalls’ layout is best if you have only one picture. The small squares underneath fit perfectly and are easy to duplicate in the editor.
2. Use the Pinter-etsy layout for more elaborate collages. They are great for showcasing multiple pictures and creating a color palette in the same image.
3. Visit Pantone’s latest trend report for men and women:
Women: http://www.pantone.com/pages/FCR/default.aspx?season=spring&year=2014&pid=3
Men: http://www.pantone.com/pages/FCR/default.aspx?season=spring&year=2014&pid=4

4. Tag your collages, tweet and more with Pantone`s trending colors
5. When tweeting, mention: @pantone #fcrs14

If you have any tips, tricks or advice, please comment so that everyone can see your wonderful ideas!

 

Have fun and share your collage links with me below!

 

xox Krys

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Jan 14

Dessy: Design your wedding

I just found this really interesting website that lets your create inspiration boards, plan your wedding and so much more using Pantone`s colors. I wanted to give it a whirl, so this is my first attempt. I wanted to see how it works, and if it could be a potentially interesting site to use for my wedding jewelry. Here is what I made (I`m not sure that this is going to work, sorry if no image appears!)

You can find the website here: http://www.dessy.com/styleboard/

 

There are many features available on the website, I encourage you to visit it and learn more!

 

Review: So after publishing this post, here is what I found out. Dessy will edit your boards. I had added 2 images, one of a bracelet I made and one of my logo, which were removed. I guess they have a policy regarding adding your own images, even if the feature is available. I would recommend this site for creating inspiration boards. However, it seems that you might be limited to only the images that they provide. On the positive side, they do have a large inventory of images available to use. On the negative side, your board might get edited, and uploaded images might be removed.

xox krys

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