Monday, December 23, 2013

Tree Tops Glisten

Here is my last Christmas project to share. I wanted to get it up sooner but I've been without internet (unplanned) the past few days. My goodness how odd it has felt to be "unplugged"! For this card I die cut the tree from Always Artichoke card stock and stamped the garland image from WPlus9's Heartfelt Mix in Versa Mark across it several times. I embossed it in gold and then ran the tree through my Cuttlebug with the woodgrain impression plate. The rest of the elements I pulled from PTI's In the Meadow set. The snowflakes were stamped in Fine Linen ink and the sentiment at the bottom was also embossed in gold.

That's it from me until the New Year. I wish you all a very merry Christmas with your families and I'll see you again in 2014!!

Stamps: In the Meadow (PTI), Heartfelt Mix (WPlus9)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Confetti Cream (SU!)
Ink: Fine Linen (PTI), Versa Mark
Tools: Christmas Tree die, Woodgrain impression plate (PTI)
Embellishments: gold embossing powder

Friday, December 13, 2013

Holly Jolly Christmas

Hello! I have just a few more Christmas themed projects to share over the next few days and then I plan on taking a blogging break until the new year. For this simple card I started out by cutting a double ended banner die from white card stock and stamping the sentiment, which I picked up from the Michael's $1 bin a few years ago. I accented the side with a button and some holly leaves die cut from Kiwi Kiss card stock. The banner was then adhered to a block of Real Red that had been impressed with my Linen & Canvas impression plate. All of that was mounted on a white card base. Easy and mass producible (which I did!).

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: Michael's $1 sentiment stamp
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI), Real Red, Kiwi Kiss (SU!)
Ink: Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Tools: Double Ended Banner die, Holly Jolly die, Linen & Canvas impression plate (PTI)
Embellishments: red button

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Craft Show Recap

After months of planning and preparation, my two holiday craft shows have come and gone. A lot of work, a lot of fun, and a lot of learning went into them. There are definitely things I will do differently if I decide to participate in another one, but they were both valuable experiences and it was wonderful to meet and connect with other local crafters.  I thought I would share some photos from yesterdays show.

Here is my table! I had lots of cards (of course!), gift tags, chalkboard frames, handmade soap, and a few crocheted bracelets. Quite a variety, but you know me, I love to make things!

This is the banner I made with my shop name for my table. The pennants are cut from canvas and I hand lettered the words with fabric paint. The pennants are stitched together with a long length of black bias tape and I made little lace rosettes to go between the words.

I organized my cards in baskets by occasion.  I'm thinking I may need a different way to display them in the future, so that more cards are visible at a time. Any great ideas out there for displaying cards?

Gift tags!

In addition to the packaged sets of tags, I also sold some individually.

And I had handmade soap! I learned how to make cold process soap from my mom and sister and the three of us have been making it together for years. But I live across the country from them now and I have just started making batches of soap on my own. You may be seeing bars of soap make an appearance in my Etsy shop in the new year. Maybe. :)

Lastly, here are my business cards, looking very cute in a wire basket I picked up at the Country Living Fair this year. 

And that as they say is that! I have lots of Christmas projects that I need to photograph and share, so I'll be seeing you again soon!