Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Another Albuquerque Craft Show on December 8th!

Will you be in or around the Albuquerque area this Saturday?  If so, stop by our show booth!  We love to visit with our Crafty Friends!

December 8th -- 9:00 to 4:00  St. Pius X High School Christmas Craft Show -- Albuquerque, NM
5301 St. Joseph's Dr. NW, Albuquerque, NM  (plus there will be a quick $5 make and take where you will create a necklace with a chain or a keyring!)

Craft Fantastic Jewelry Class at China Phoenix 2 (repeat)!!!

Did you miss Anne's crazy awesome jewelry class at China Phoenix 2 a few week's ago?  Don't fret!  She is repeating it again due to popular demand, this Saturday (December 8th)!  Here's the original post:

Will you be in or around the Albuquerque area this Saturday?  If you will be, consider taking Anne Engelhardt's Craft Fantastic Jewelry class at China Phoenix 2.  You'll learn directly from Craft Fantastic's insanely talented owner and artist, and you'll create enough jewelry to stuff all the stockings on your Christmas list this season.  Here's what you'll make:

Crazy, I know!  The class is this Saturday, December 8th, from 10:00am - 1:00pm and the class fee is $28.00.  Contact Nancy at China Phoenix 2 to add your name to the list...(505)884-8217.  You don't want to miss this one!

Friday, November 30, 2012

2 Albuquerque Shows Tomorrow!

Will you be in or around the Albuquerque area tomorrow!  If so, stop by one of the 2 show booths we'll have set up at a couple of the most popular craft bazaar events in town.  There will be a quick make and take, plus the whole Craft Fantastic line of products!  We love to visit with our Crafty Friends!

December 1st -- 9:00 to 4:00  Monte Vista Mercado -- Albuquerque, NM    
Monte Vista Elementary School 
3211 Monte Vista Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 505-268-3520

December 1st -- 9:00 to 4:00  La Cueva High School Holiday Craft Show  
Albuquerque, NM -- 
7801 Wilshire NE, Albuquerque, NM 505-823-2317

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Bit of Inspiration from Shay Silva

Good Morning!  Just a quick post to share an inspiring project from Craft Fantastic Artist, Shay Silva.  Shay has used a chain, tray, glass bead, and image from the Craft Fantastic Webshop, and added metal embellishments from her own stash to create something dramatic and wonderful!  Simple additions, but they make this necklace special and unique.  Wouldn't this be a fantastic gift?!  Hint, hint, Shay!

Speaking of gifts...are you crafting gifts for the holidays?  Feel free to share photos of your projects on the Craft Fantastic Facebook Page.  We love to see what our Crafty Friends are working on and we are always inspired by your creativity.  

By Shay Silva:  chain, tray, bead, and image available in
the Craft Fantastic Webshop.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Behold the New Fantastic Deluxe Pendant Kit!

We're celebrating a number of "firsts" at Craft Fantastic!  A new blog, a new Facebook page, and now,  a new monthly newsletter.  To keep the party going, we're introducing a new pendant kit unlike no other!

For years our customers have been asking for a kit that has everything.  We love our Craft Fantastic customers so we came up with the Fantastic Deluxe Pendant Kit!  This kit makes sixteen heirloom quality pendants with chains in both silver and antique finishes.  Create eight of our super popular square pendants and eight of our round pendants using family photos, Fantastic Art images, or designer papers.

Perfect for ALL ages, these pendants are fast, fun and easy to make!  No experience or special tools required and a great project for the whole family.  Need a gift for your crafting buddy?  Your son's teacher?  An impromptu houseguest?  A special Hostess with the Mostest?  Say no more!  Pick up this kit and start checking names off your Christmas List.  It's that easy!

Visit the Craft Fantastic Webshop for a detailed list of everything included in the Fantastic Deluxe Pendant Kit.  You will be amazed at the wonderful assortment of Craft Fantastic products available in one kit for such a great deal!  

Thanks for stopping by today!  Embrace the weekend!    


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Craft Fantastic!

Happy Thanksgiving
 to all of our Crafty Friends and Family!
May your bellies be full
 and the memories joyous!

We are thankful for YOU, Gentle Customers!
Your friendship, kindness, and continued patronage
are beyond measure!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas Images Now Available!

Just in time for the holidays and all of your yuletide projects...Christmas images!   Perfect for creating stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, and maybe a little something for you to don at those festive Christmas parties.  Get them now and get started.  Christmas will be here before you know it!  Click this link to visit the Craft Fantastic Shop!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Craft Fantastic Jewelry Class at China Phoenix 2

Will you be in or around the Albuquerque area this Saturday?  If you will be, consider taking Anne Engelhardt's Craft Fantastic Jewelry class at China Phoenix 2.  You'll learn directly from Craft Fantastic's insanely talented owner and artist, and you'll create enough jewelry to stuff all the stockings on your Christmas list this season.  Here's what you'll make:

Crazy, I know!  The class is this Saturday, November 17th, from 10:00am - 1:00pm and the class fee is $28.00.  Contact Nancy at China Phoenix 2 to add your name to the list...(505)884-8217.  You don't want to miss this one!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fantastic Friends: Teresa Frankenstein

Meet Teresa Frankenstein!  Teresa is a phenomenal demo/show artist and she has been showcasing Craft Fantastic's amazing products for the past year.  Keep your eyes open and you might run into her at a show in your area.  Here's what Teresa has to say about her foray into crafting and finding a job she truly loves:

You know that saying, "I wish I could do what I love for a living" - well after years of being in sales for large corporations (TV Guide Channel and American Red Cross), I'm finally doing what I love for a living.  My family moved from Oklahoma to Vancouver, Washington 5 years ago and crafting has been a great way for me to make new friends.

My passion for scrapbooking and paper-crafting started when I was in 7th grade - over 30 years ago!  I remember my first scrapbook was a gift from my aunt and it was avocado green with all black pages.  I spent hours putting school spirit ribbons, pictures of friends, and my "crushes" on teen pop-stars.  I recently found that album tucked away and shared those memories with my 12 year old daughter.

A year ago this October I met Anne Engelhardt who owns Craft Fantastic.  Like all the other "scrapbookers" roaming the Portland Scrapbook Convention floor, I ran across her "free" make and take and have been hooked ever since.  I love scrapbooking, but scrapbooking is ongoing and never ending,  right?!  When I made a ring and necklace with Craft Fantastic products in under 10 minutes the wheels started turning - instant gratification and endless possibilities!  As the show winded down I asked Anne if she needed help in the upcoming Seattle scrapbooking show and after talking for a few minutes we just clicked and several shows later, here I am.

I love teaching customers, friends and family how simple glass art with Craft Fantastic is to make.  But the thing I like the most is me and my teenage daughter making great glass art together and she is so proud when she sees her teachers sporting their new necklaces she made them :)

Teresa dazzling during a demo at a recent show!

Teresa Frankenstein:  tray, round glass bead and image by Craft Fantastic

Teresa Frankenstein:  square trays, square glass beads and images by Craft Fantastic

Teresa Frankenstein:  retro bracelets and round glass beads by Craft Fantastic

Teresa Frankenstein:  trays, glass beads and images by Craft Fantastic

Thank you, Teresa, for sharing your lovely art with us and being such a talented and exuberant member of the Craft Fantastic Team!  Visit Teresa's blog at Scrappin' Frankenstein for inspirational art and behind the scenes photos of what it's like to be on the road with Craft Fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 29, 2012

'Tis near Halloween!

When witches go riding
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers
'tis near Halloween!

Here at Craft Fantastic, we're big fans of this colorfully festive celebration.  It brings back happy memories of panhandling door to door dressed as our favorite cartoon character or superhero, or if we were brave enough, perhaps something more on the sinister side.  Mom and dad were always standing by to escort us along our journey and a cool nip in the air might mean that our carefully constructed costume would be obliterated by a bulky warm coat, but we didn't care.  There was candy to be had!  Even though the occasional toothbrush or apple found it's way into our plastic pumpkin head, we were always giddy with our loot at the end of the evening, which always ended with a big shower of candy on the kitchen table as we dumped the contents of the night's haul out for full display.  Who had the biggest pile?  Who acquired the best candy?  Ah, the simple joys of being a child.

Nowadays our treats have changed a bit.  Sure, we still enjoy the gooey deliciousness of a mini Snickers or 2 (or 5), but sometimes we like to mix it up with something of the fat-free variety.  I'm talking about Halloween goodies that put a smile on your lips and provide enjoyment throughout the year.

Take a look at these Halloween projects created by our resident Craft Fantastic Artists, Teresa Frankenstein and Shay Silva.  This incredibly yummy eye-candy is sure to quell your Halloween cravings.

Find the glass beads, trays, images, and Craft Fantastic Glaze and Glue in the Craft Fantastic shop!

Created by Teresa Frankenstein:
  Find the glass beads, trays, images and glue in the Craft Fantastic Shop.

Created by Shay Silva

Created by Shay Silva:
Find the glass bead, image and glue in the Craft Fantastic Shop.

Created by Shay Silva

Created by Shay Silva:
Find the glass beads and glue in the Craft Fantastic Shop.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fall Celebrations

Here in the Southwest, the warm days are cooling off and the evenings have a crisp quality that might even have you reaching for a light sweater.  Along the Rio Grande, the leaves are taking on the fiery hues of orange, red and gold.  Yes, Fall has made her presence known and with her, she has brought the Autumnal celebrations of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

Cozy up with a cup of tea and your art table, and create something joyous and reflective for these 2 very special occasions.  You might want to start with some of the Craft Fantastic images and maybe a Retro Round Bracelet Kit.

Find all of this and more in the Craft Fantastic Shop.

Retro Round Bracelet Kit

Halloween - Medium Squares  and Circles,  Small Ovals, Hearts

Day of the Dead - Large Square and Circle

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Craft Fantastic and Paper: A winning combination!

Welcome back to the Craft Fantastic Blog!  Cheryl here and today I want to share a project I created about 10-months ago.  I know it's older, but what I like about it is the unique look that the rectangular glass bead in the right-hand corner adds.  The bead was very simple to assemble...I used an exotic Japanese Washi paper, a rectangular glass bead, a silver bail, and the Craft Fantastic Glaze and Glue, all from the Craft Fantastic line.  I also pulled a couple of items from my own stash including a small heart charm, a dragonfly charm, and some twine.  I punched the tiny tag out of a piece of scrap paper and stamped "thanks" on it.  Put all those elements together and you have a lovely one-of-a-kind embellishment to add to any type of project.  I want to note, the beads now come with a smooth beveled edge giving them an even more elegant and refined appearance.  What type of projects would you add one of these unique, custom-crafted beads to?

You can find glass beads, silver bails, and Glaze and Glue in the Craft Fantastic Shop.  The beautiful stamped image is by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and you can find it here. 

Also, don't forget about the 500 Followers Giveaway going on right now!  Tell your friends and family about Craft Fantastic and once we hit 500 followers, one lucky random person will be selected to receive a $100 Gift Certificate to use in the store!  Thanks for stopping by today!         

Friday, October 19, 2012

500 Followers Giveaway

Don't you love the excitement of a giveaway?  We do too and that's why we're having a generous giveaway to say "hello" and welcome our new friends to the Craft Fantastic Blog.  Once we hit 500 Followers, we're going to randomly select one person from our Followers List to receive a $100.00 Gift Certificate to spend in the Craft Fantastic Shop!  Yes, that's right.  One lucky person will have an opportunity to enjoy a fabulous shopping spree in our store and enjoy $100.00 in Craft Fantastic products, on us.  Here's how you can join the fun and spread the word...

A Simple 3-step Process:

1.  Sign up to follow the Craft Fantastic Blog under our Followers List in the sidebar.
2.  Post the giveaway photo (above) with a link to this post in the sidebar of your blog.
3.  Spread the word.  Feel free to share on Facebook, Twitter, anywhere you socialize on the Internet.  The sooner we hit 500 followers, the sooner we can give away the $100.00 gift certificate!

A couple of additional details...everyone is invited to play, no matter where you reside.  If you are already a follower, then you just have to complete step #2.  If you don't have a blog, you are still invited to play, just complete step #1.  Remember, the sooner we hit 500 Followers, the sooner one of you will get to have fun in the Craft Fantastic Shop!  Spread the word, because we are itching to make someone's day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Featured Artist: Lizzie Oakley

Welcome back to the Craft Fantastic blog!  Today we're sharing art pieces created by Lizzie Oakley of Oh Snap, Lizzie.  Lizzie is an amazing artist who creates beautiful cards, layouts, mini albums, jewelry, and more.  Visit her blog and you'll also see that she is quite the photographer.  A few months ago, at the CKC Houston show, Lizzie assisted Jenny in the Craft Fantastic Booth with make and takes.  She immediately saw the versatility of the Craft Fantastic products and the creative cogs started to turn.

What a fabulous surprise for Craft Fantastic when we received these pics from Lizzie showcasing these gorgeous necklaces.  Lizzie combined CF glass beads, trays, bails and chains with papers and ribbons from her personal stash and the results are spectacular!  Take a look...

We thank Lizzie for creating these amazing pieces and we can't wait to see what she does next!  Visit Lizzie's blog at OhSnapLizzie and also check out her Etsy shop.  Pick up the beads, trays, bails and chains used in these projects in the Craft Fantastic Shop.    

Monday, October 15, 2012

What we do...

Craft Fantastic is a jewelry resource for artists and crafters.  We specialize in high-quality flat-backed glass beads, decorative trays, chains, bracelets, images, and more.  Use our products to create exquisite handmade jewelry, design one-of-a-kind embellishments for scrapbook layouts and card projects, or enhance decorative pieces to add to your home decor...the possibilities are endless!  Here is a small sampling of the products we offer.  We encourage you to visit our shop to see the full line of Craft Fantastic tools and supplies.

Large Glass Circles

Large Glass Squares

Medium Glass Hearts

Antique Brass Large Round Trays

Silver Large Square Trays

Silver Heart Bails

Antique Brass Deluxe Bails

Fantastic Glaze & Glue

Birds Large Square and Circle 

Day of the Dead - Large Square and Circle

Monday, September 24, 2012


Welcome to the Craft Fantastic Blog!  Here, you will find a playground of inspiring projects, tutorials, and information showcasing the exquisite artists' tools and supplies available in the Craft Fantastic Shop.  We encourage artisans and crafters of all skills and mediums to visit often and we hope that you will allow us to be a part of your creative journey.

In the weeks to come, you will see a flurry of exciting announcements, including specials, contests, giveaways, new products, and the introduction of a monthly newsletter so you can stay current on all the happenings at Craft Fantastic.  Come back soon, our creative door is always open for you!