July 9, 2009

Thank You - Crackerbox Palace

1321 W Court St, Janesville, WI 53548
(608) 755-4638

The Crackerbox Palace
Sells their stamps and other paper crafting items
at their STORE

They also have an Ebay Story...
1 Rubber Room

I cannot tell you enough how much I love visiting the
Crackerbox Palace!!!!

As I sit here and write this post...I wish I was there. I enjoy their quaint store, their down home personality, warm smiles, and wonderful, quirky since of humor. Whenever I get a chance to go there I am made to feel right at home. And I just adore their dog, Savannah. She is at the store with them. ..usually in the basement with John. She is so gentle and wouldn't hurt a fly.

When I was looking for some background information on the Crackerbox I found
two wonderful reviews that I just have to share with you [because I agree with them]:

Innovative!: This is a hidden charm! I wish I lived closer to attend the card making sessions often. Wonderful array of stamps and great ideas. Charming staff too!
by mcrojo008
The owners are the most "REAL" people you will ever meet. Get your own personalized stamp made to mark your cards. The card swaps are wonderful and I pretty much live at the store. I even joke that if my husband could never find me he could call there. Plan to stay. There is sooo much to see. AND BUY!!!
by peyattriot

They are the greatest. Chicks demos I really enjoy so much, she does them on most Wednesdays and the last Sunday of each month, but in July she is doing her demo on third Sunday and her demos are all day long. Several of my friends and I try and go as much as we can, we drive from Kenosha it's about 1 hour drive one way, most of the time we end up spending the day.

Vicky Briggs [with glasses] was born and raised in Fort Atkinson but now lives in Janesville, WI with her husband, John. She loves to play! Her crafting got started with her grandmother’s help, who taught her how to quilt, embroider, cross stitch, crochet, knit and make new treasures from the “saved treasures”. They would cut up old cards to make new cards and placemats. Vicky vividly remembers her excitement in being able to use a few treasured buttons to embellish them. She started stamping 20+ years ago when her children were small. Her kids still remember how the card stock would brown in attempting to emboss over the breakfast toaster. Her grandmother told her “never quit playing”, and I don’t think she ever will.

John and Vicky opened the Crackerbox Palace stamp store in Janesville, WI. In addition to retailing from numerous stamp companies, they also make custom stamps that are shipped world wide. Currently they have taken in to a new level and are introducing their own line of stamps.

Chick Alizadeh [in black] is from Wisconsin, but lived overseas for nearly twenty years. When returning from Iran in 1998, she discovered the phenomenon of stamping. Although her standard job is teaching English as a second language, she has always been interested in Art, but she feels because of being away from drawing for so many years that she had lost her drawing skills. Stamping filled that hole. Although at first, unimpressed with the basics of stamping, through Vicky Briggs of the Crackerbox Palace, she was introduced to techniques. It didn’t take long for this association with Vicky to become a bonding of talents. Chick self claims to be an addict of everything new, and is especially in love with experimenting with new techniques, many of which she has developed on her own. Her answer to people coming in and saying they were virgin stampers, “If there is such a thing as a virgin stamper, then I must be the “whore stamper”. She says, “I’m so excited to be going away from my home area to stamp and teach… As a teacher I truly believe that one is taught by one’s students…I’m looking forward to learning as much as I teach."

This information about Vicky and Chick was gathered from DOOR COUNTY RUBBER STAMP which also have a show but unfortunately the Door County Rubber Stamp, Scrapbook & Paper Arts Escape! had already ended by the time I made this post. The show was May 29-30-31, in Bridgeport Resort, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

*** D I D - Y O U - K N O W ***

Crackerbox Palace

Will be one of many vendors
At the
One of a Kind Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Show.

Date: November 21 & 22, 2009
Time: 10-5 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday
Where: Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall, Madison, Wisconsin

Classes all day Friday, Saturday Sunday!

*** P E T - T I P ***
Love you Savannah!

Did you know that
Xylitol, the artificial sweetener in many chewing gums and some "sugar-free" baked products, is very toxic to dogs. Two or three sticks of gum can cause a 20 pound dog to have weakness, vomiting, seizures, or even liver failure. Another reason that people food is for people only! [New Hope Veterinary Clinic newsletter]

'til next time,


"Helen" can be bought at Crackerbox...she is my "icon" on Facebook!

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Debbie Olson has a B.A. in Commercial Art/Graphic Design plus an M.S. in Secondary Education. Much of what Debbie learned in art classes still applies to her today (basic designs, color theory, drawing and coloring skills). A busy mom, she home-schools during the day and creates mostly after 10pm. Debbie describes her style as eclectic - she appreciates so many different styles from clean and fresh to detailed and vintage. We hear she is rarely without a sanding block at her finger tips! (info from http://spellbinderspaperarts.com/blog/2009/07/)

I checked out
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Copics category and
discovered some really beautiful cards and techniques.

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Debbie shows us a gift set of four note cards, measuring approximately 2-3/4” x 4” folded, complete with coordinating envelopes and a clutch purse container.

Debbie also explains how to make the clutch purse container!


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