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Craft Fair!

At the end of last month I participated in a church craft fair, which was the first time I’ve ever done one! It was a great experience from beginning to end. It all started when my friend Sandy told me about the event back in June. Sandy makes handmade, beautifully sewn aprons in pretty and fun fabrics. You can check out her “I’ve Got You Covered”  Etsy store here (isn’t that a cute store name?) After realizing I would have more than a few months to prepare for the event, I decided to give it a shot. The most challenging components for me being a newbie were deciding what to make to sell, how many pieces to make, and what the price tags should be. There were so many questions I asked myself…such as, do I make birthday cards? Holiday cards? Thank you cards? Get well and sympathy cards? Since I couldn’t decide and felt a bit overwhelmed, I asked my friends and family what their thoughts were and that started the planning process for me. I landed on making Christmas themed cards and crafts and felt relieved to have made that decision! After I knew what I was making, it all went uphill from there.

In preparing for the show, I kept my expenses down by using display items for my table that I already had at home – baskets, frames, and a tablecloth. I also dusted off my scrap paper box of designer paper to use to make my cards and tags. Earlier this year I bought a custom rubber stamp from Joscelyne that I used to make calling cards with, and used my pretty scrap paper for too. In total, I spent about $10 bucks on a burlap banner that I embellished and a package of brown paper bags to put my cards and tags in to for buyers.

Participation was a great way to showcase my handmade cards and tags to my local community. I really enjoyed the face-to-face communication, the opportunity to assess the competition and the chance to meet new people. A big THANKS to my friends who came to the craft fair to support me – it really warmed my heart to know I have such great support and fans! Another shout out to my friend Celeste who helped me set up and who was my “conversation piece” at my table. She came dressed in her cute Halloween shirt and accessories and made me feel at ease.  I’m so glad my friend Sandy convinced me to sign up for the show, it was great to challenge myself and I loved trying something new! Here are some pics:

Craft fair prep: Making card bases, using alcohol inks to customize paper, and embellishing brown paper bags to make them my own.

   

Table display: Burlap banner, baskets, bins, and personalized framed signage

  

Regular size Christmas cards, 3X3 cards, tags, and bookmarks

   

Enjoy your day!

 

 

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vinTAGe

I was just going through some pictures on my phone and thought I would share this one with you! This tag was made using a vintage Betty Boop rubber stamp that I’ve had for probably 20 years. Ranger’s Manila Craft Tags are the perfect blank surface to stamp and use Tim Holtz Distress Inks on. The smooth finish is great for all types of mediums and the cardstock holds up well with ink & water. I made this card for my friend Dorine,  who I know loves vintage things as much as I do!

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Make Something Pretty

Last month I made this pretty storage box to submit for Prima Marketing‘s Design Team (DT) Call. It was time for their annual search to add new members to their team. Prima was looking for all styles, levels, and types of papercrafters…. so, I went ahead and threw my hat in the ring!  There were over 2,500 submissions from all countries! The opportunity for a part-time hobby crafter like myself to gain experience on a DT for such an incredible company would be fulfilling and fun! Some of the perks to design papercrafts would be the potential exposure of my work being shown at trade shows, the potential for publication, and the best thing would be to get to play with new products throughout the year. Prima has lots of product lines – from rubber stamps to watercolors to stencils to planners to paints.

For my submission, I decided to embellish a papier-mache storage box using Prima products. To start, I painted the box a creamy white. Then added some pretty pattern patterned paper and decoupaged it on. For the image, I chose to use a large rubber cling stamp from the Prima Princesses collection named ‘”Sydney”. Prima Princesses are gorgeous and highly detailed, which is exactly what I wanted to showcase on my storage box. She turned out beautiful after some color was added along with paper flowers for embellishment and dimension. There is a small stamp “Imagine” that I added to Sydney’s shoulder that is in the Julie Nutting Planner clear stamp set “Craft Day”. I love how my new storage box turned out!

There is a saying that life is about taking chances, trying new things, having fun, making mistakes and learning from it. That’s what I was thinking about when I submitted these pictures for the Design Team call. Enjoy your day, try something new, and have fun!

Just when I thought I was finished…I decided to attach a piece of ribbon as a tab to make opening the lid to the book-style box a bit easier. #afterthought

 

 

 

 

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Girly cards

Some of my favorite rubber stamps are made by Penny Black, Stamping Bella, Saturated Canary and Totally Stampalicious – which unfortunately is no longer in business.  I thought I’d share some cards and tags I’ve made using the cute girly designs from those companies I love. These girls always seem to fit the sentiment that I’m looking to create. Some of these cards are old, some are new, some are one-of-a-kind, and some I mass-produced! Thanks for looking and make it a great day.

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Bookmarks

In this digital age, when people reference a bookmark, I think it’s common to think of your browser’s bookmark list of links or the bookmark button on a Kindle or other e-reader. When I think of a bookmark, I think of “dog-eared” page in a physical book or a pretty paper bookmark that you would put in a book to mark the page that you last read. I still use paper bookmarks, mostly in my cookbooks, as a quick way to get to my favorite recipe without having to use the index. I made the bookmarks pictured below for a friend and I love the way they turned out. I started with Ranger Inkssentials Manila Craft Tags and trimmed the width to a narrower size.

For the seahorse design, I used Tim Holtz’s Layering Stencil “Bubble” with distress ink for the background. The seahorse from the Sand & Sea Sizzix Bigz Die was cut out with watercolor paper and distress inks mixed with water gave the seahorse the look I was hoping for. The sentiment is part of the stamp set “Huge Possibilities” by Unity Stamp Co. A copper-colored wire ribbon topped off the bookmark for a little sparkle.

The feather design was put together using some cardstock that had a watercolor look. I glued the cardstock on to the craft tag before I narrowed down the tag width. I used Taylored Expressions Fine Feathers die cut with leftover watercolor paper. “Mermaid Lagoon” was the name of the blue ink that I used on the feather before it was embossed with copper embossing powder. I love the way metallic embossing powder looks and copper is one of my favorite colors! The sentiment is also from Unity – “Radiate the World” stamp set. I added some scrap ribbon that I was happy to use out of my stash jar.

For bookworms who still read from a physical book, they might use a random slip of paper or a business card as a bookmark, but I think these are much more interesting and prettier!

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Huge Possibilities

Unity Stamp Company offers such great designs. I loved making cards with the stamp sets “Huge Possibilities” and “Radiate the World”!  Unity has a wide variety of rubber stamps in lots of styles, themes, and sizes including single sentiment stamps for less than 2 bucks! The quality of their stamps is exceptional and they have great customer service. Check them out on Instagram for  ideas and inspiration!

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#ADayInTheLife

Happy Blog Anniversary! I can’t believe that today marks the 5th anniversary of my blog. I started forkeepssake.net as a place to share papercrafts that I love to make. I hope you love it as much as I love sharing my creations with you.

Today I want to share this super cute superhero tag I made. This clear rubber stamp is from Totally Stampalicious. I’m glad I have a few of their stamp sets since they have unfortunately gone out of business. I made this tag for a fellow associate in my office who is truly Wonder Woman! The hashtag image is from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous, and the layering stencil is Rays, also from Tim Holtz.

Thanks so much for your support, commenting on my blog, and helping me reach a personal goal – it means a lot to me. Being a blogger has been a fun little journey! Have a great rest of the weekend.

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