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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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12 New Chapters

Happy New Year! I thought I would share some pictures of Christmas tags I made last year. Making gift tags and cards that are holiday themed are my favorite to make.  I don’t see my holiday rubber stamps and supplies that often since they are tucked away until a holiday rolls around. There are stamps I use that date back to the 90’s when I really started to get into papercrafting. Some of my most cherished rubber stamps are made by companies that don’t even exist any more. I know there are plenty of  cool, contemporary designs available these days but there is something that makes my heart sing when I break out my box that holds my treasured holiday stamps. It’s like seeing old friends that you haven’t seen in a long time!

I made some tags for my sister using pages torn from an old hymn book along with Tim Holtz’s Tattered Poinsettia die cuts, inks, and stencils. They were so much fun to put together!  In October, I was lucky enough to be able to take two classes taught by the super talented Tim Holtz at my favorite scrapbook store. He has such great energy and his classes are fun, educational, and encouraging. I hope what you see here inspires you to get your crafting on! Cheers to 2017 and to 12 new chapters with 365 new chances.

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Dove of Peace

I love this Stampin’ Up “Dove of Peace” rubber stamp! For the past holiday season, this was my “go-to” stamp that I just couldn’t resist using. I primarily stamped on  white cardstock using either Ranger silver tinsel embossing powder or Recollections gold embossing powder. I think using the metallic is what made the image really come to life. This stamp is so versatile – it looks great using white ink on colored paper or stamping with black ink and coloring it up.  After stamping and embossing, I fussy cut the doves out to attach to cards and tags. Silver and gold foil cardstock were used for matting. Although the stamp has a verse on it underneath the dove, which I love, I thought I would keep it simple and just use the image. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t use any Stickles, which is a rare thing for me since I am obsessed with that glitter glue! Here are a few pictures to share with you that I took with my phone. I thought it was best not to take out my 35mm camera since my crafting space was sprinkled with glitter of some sort throughout the holiday season…I hope you’re a having a great new year – Cheers to 2016!

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Jeepers Creepers

Here is my latest design team project for Eat Cake Graphics. When I first saw this haunted house stamp, I wanted to color the “stripes” on the house the colors of a candy corn…but I decided to go with a violet color instead. It was a simple card, I just stamped, embossed, colored, matted, and attached with pop dots to a card base. I added an orange moon above the roof by punching out a 1″ circle and using the negative paper as a moon “template”. A sponge was used to swirl in the ink color inside the circle. I have a sentiment stamp “Jeepers Creepers” that I think fits the card perfectly. I stamped the sentiment, cut it to size and stapled it on. Stardust Stickles was added for a little bling on the rooftop. And there you have it!

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Autumn’s Palette

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A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a big bag of pinecones. I have been using them to fill a jar at Christmas time since pinecones and poinsettias are my usual decorating theme in December. This year I thought I would change it up by using some of the pinecones as Autumn decor. I have some really pretty, fine, Martha Stewart glitter and glittering glue that I used to add some sparkle to my plain jane bag of pinecones. I’ve glittered a few and I am loving the way it looks!

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Cheers to this New Year

It’s hard to believe that this is the first day of February! Time sure has flown by in this new year. I am posting pictures of cards and tags I have made over the past couple of months. Pictured are:

  • New Year cards using a rubber stamp titled Cherry Blossom by Saturated Canary, along with pretty Japanese paper
  • A couple of fun wine bottle tags
  • Christmas gift tags using black chalkboard paper stamped with white pigment ink and a large round scallop punch
  • Happy owl card, using Hero Arts rubber stamp titled Big Owl
  • Sweet little lamb tag, attached to a baby shower party favor

I wish I was the kind of person who makes new year resolutions so I could resolve to keeping my blog updated more often. I  will get back on track, so please stay tuned for more of my paper craft projects. Hope your 2015 is off to a fantastic start!

asian new year2    asian new year  Big Owl by Hero Arts rubber stamp; Martha Stewart heart punch

    wine bottle tag       Wine bottle tag    Thank ewe; baby shower favor

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Valentine tags

I came across these pictures that I took last year, and thought I would post them since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This Stampin’Up stamp set is one of my favorites. It’s called “Greeting Card Kids” and I love that the stamps have a nostalgic look of early twentieth century children’s book illustrations. I think the set is now retired, but it contains back-to-school, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas themes. I’m always looking for an excuse to create something with these cute stamps. I have used this stamp for Valentine’s, thank you notes, and thinking of you cards and tags. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and send someone you love a card!

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