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Groovy

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I love my hippie stamps! These tags were fun to make – the flower girl is from a set named ” Hippie Dottie” that was made by Totally Stampalicious (that went out of business about 5 years ago) and the dude is in the stamp set “Hippie” from Deep Red Stamps. I made these tags starting with stenciling on Ranger Inkssentials manila craft tags using Tim Holtz’s “Rays” stencil and distress inks.

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I didn’t really have a layout plan on how I was putting the tags together, so I set the tags aside and began stamping and embossing the hippies and the Peace sentiment.  After coloring them (the fun part!) with Copic markers,  I decided to fussy cut them out and I used a punch instead of scissors for the sentiment.  Since I wanted to match the hippies to the tag, I stamped on Ranger Inkssentials Manila Card Stock so it would coordinate perfectly.

 

 

Dimensional foam dots were used to  attach the hippie cut-outs to the tags.  To finish the tags I added some hemp and a metal peace sign to embellish and a little bling.

 

 

Wishing you peace, love, & happiness! 

 

 

 

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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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#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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Click here to see my very first blog post!

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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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Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

I’ve had so many missed opportunities to post on my blog lately. I could figure out an excuse to tell you why I’ve neglected my little blog, but I won’t. I could tell you that I’ve been really, really busy…but I won’t do that either. Instead, I’m gonna share a tag project I worked on recently, and get back on track!

These pretty, tropical themed tags started out with using my Cricut. I know there are lots of versions of the Cricut machine available now, but I have the original machine and I love it. I started out by using the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the tag shape. On the tag, I stamped and embossed the image, and used ink & sponges to create the sunset effect.  Supplies used were: Stampin Up paper, Memento black ink,  Colorbox tropical color ink pad, my favorite old Stampscapes rubber stamp from 1995 called Palms w/Bungalows, embossing powder & heat tool, sponges for inking the sky, stardust Stickles to give the sand some shimmer, twine, ribbon (of course), and chalk to add some color on the hut roofs.

  

On the Paradise tag, I attached a scrap piece of black chalkboard paper, used a corner punch, and wrote with a pink Crayola chalk to write the word. In addition, I used the masking technique to create a moon in the colorful sky.

Did you notice my cool metal “frog and pin holder”? It is actually a needlepoint holder that is sometimes used for floral designs. I’ve wanted one for a long time to re-purpose as a card holder.  My sweet friend Celeste gave it to me as a gift, with a note attached that said Happy Blogging!  With the holidays quickly approaching, I know I will be making more tags and I also hope to finish my Recipe Recap project by the end of the year. Now that I’m back on track, I hope that you won’t have to hear me say shoulda, woulda, coulda anymore!