So I have been trying to branch out in my creativity. Which isn't always easy to deviate from what you know best. Anyway...I learned ho to make ribbon roses! This is the first one I made. I have a theme for one of my upcoming swaps where we have to add a handmade flower, and who knows, maybe these will be the ones I use! I still have to finish this one off, but I like how it turned out!
These cards were made for December's theme, "Specialty papers." The papers I used are hand made papers that have metallic details added. I have always loved red, black and white together, so of course I had to make them that color! I used sentiments from Stampin' Up's "Pursuit of Happiness" (121970 clear, or 121907 wood) on the one on the left, and "On your Birthday" (only available in wood - 111664). I have had these papers for a while, someone had given them to me as a gift (Terri was it you?), but I wasn't quite sure how to use them. I think they turned out pretty nice!
I am trying to get back into the swing of taking pictures of my swaps. It isn't always easy to remember! These were the swaps I made for my "based on a sketch" theme for my card front swap on my favorite MB. I had received a bunch of pieces of cardstock that someone had embossed for me a few years ago, and they have been sitting here, while I didn't know what to do with them. Well, I pulled them out, used some inks to rub over the image to give it some detail and added them to the card. I added the hand made flower and voila! You can't tell from the picture, but the ends of the banner are raised slightly to give the illusion that the banner is floating. I wanted to add a picture of the sketch, but it appears that was saved on the old computer! Doh.
Cheyenne likes to be a part of creating for the craft shows. This year she made up the Showman soup bags which I then decorated. She also made some of these cute candy trains. She was so proud when someone bought one! Then in December she made them with her girl scout troop as a craft project. She said she loved being a craft teacher! :) Here's a picture of some of the candy boxes I made for the sales. I made a bunch of them and lost track after I sold 27 of them. I also had a special order for more of them. So easy to make, although they do take a little while to get everything cut and assembled. One woman bought some and said they were perfect for her place settings for Christmas eve. :)
I believe this is the last of the photos I have. I have to look in my cell phone to see if there are more. In the top picture I have hand sanitizer holders. Great gifts for teachers, day care workers, bus/van drivers, or anyone you'd like to keep germ free! (and a not so good picture of altered starbucks jars) And in the bottom picture I have another close up of post it note frames with matching pens.
I had a great time at the craft shows this year, and I am looking forward to next years sales! And I will definitely be adding in some new items as well as requested items.
I had to take these pictures from above, while behind the table because it was just too busy to go out in front to take them!
In the top picture I have some ribbon weaving wreaths, post it notes holders, snowman soup, and ornament money holders.
In the bottom picture I have some post it note holders, gift card holders, and skinny tablets. These tablets are PERFECT for keeping track of your holiday shopping lists, to do lists, etc. I had some requests to make some for next year in non-holiday, so I will be adding those for next year.
This year I was able to secure a spot at Visitation's Holiday craft show. I was both excited and a little anxious. I heard how busy their shows are! The first picture is one of the crowd on Friday night. And this isn't even at it's busiest!!!! When I went to set up I was a little overwhelmed. I expected an 8 foot space, this was closer to 10 or 12 foot. They used their lunch tables for us. I just kind of stood there staring at the tables, not really sure where to start. Then I was afraid I was not going to have enough stuff to fill the space. I ended up just fine, and still had stuff to put out. The pictures of the tables are from late Friday night, I can tell because there are boxes of cards there. When I first set up, I didn't have room for the cards. I ended up doing pretty well, making almost 4 times the sales I ever made at craft shows! I will absolutely be back next year! Oh and while I was there, someone from St Sophia's approached me to be a vendor at their sale next November! All in all a very successful show!!!
Here is the last photo of the items for Oaks Fire House sale. Here we have lollipop holders, altered starbucks candy jars, Snowman soup, and candy bar holders all in the back row. Towards the front we have more coaster calendars, post it note holders, post it note key chains, mini composition books with matching pens, and spiral notebooks with matching pens. This year I opted to put the books into bags with toppers with my information. For one it kept the pens together with the books, keeps them clean and keeps little fingers from drawing on the pages. :)
PS Today's my birthday! Whoo Hoo! Nothing special planned.
Here I have pictures some altered composition books, decorated rulers, gift card holders, gift tags and corner bookmarks. These composition books I made into Holiday planners. Each one has handmade paper beads on ribbons which are great bookmarks. I also added tabs in little baggies so that when the person bought it, they could add dividers if they wished. The corner bookmarks are great for holding your space in a favorite book, and they aren't bulky so they wont mess up the spines of your books (I hate that). The gift card holders are probably one of my best sellers.
Oh and the rulers? What better way to keep track of your ruler! I bet no one would dare try to steal your ruler now! You could tell by looking at it that it was yours! Perfect gift for teachers, crafters or anyone in school!
I was so glad I took pictures of these before the sale! No lie I sold out of both of these items within 5 minutes of the doors opening! Luckily I had brought more of the little snowmen to make with me. The popcorn holders hold a sleeve of microwave popcorn, and would make a perfect gift! Want to kick it up a notch? Add a Movie theater gift certificate! The candy bar snowmen are filled with Nestle crunch, kit kats or hershey bars. There are also a couple more coaster calendars pictured here.
Here are some close ups of some of the items I had for sale at Oaks. I started making items in June for the sale in November. In this picture I have PostIt Note Purses, Ornament money holders, Post it note frames, coaster calendars and Folding Christmas planners.
In November I participated in Oaks Fire House's craft show. This was my second year with them and it was so much better then the first! The first year we were in the bay where the trucks usually park, and believe me when I tell you it was freezing when we were setting up! The doors were open, and no heat...but anyway..this year we were in the main hall and it was awesome! Here are some pictures of my set ups (kids not included in the sales). I am still trying to perfect my displays, but I am getting there I think. I'll be showing close up pictures in another post.
So I know I have been gone for some time. What can I say. My computer's hard drive got fried. At the time I didn't care because I was working diligently on items for my craft show, and a computer was just one more distraction I didn't need. Well craft shows, and holidays are over now, and David switched the kids computer into my craft room, so now I am back in business! I have lots to share with you my viewers and rather then mob you with a bunch of posts all at once, I am going to stretch them out. So get ready for some new projects!
I was pointed in the direction of this charity by a fellow Stampin Up Demonstrator, Melissa. They can use donations of cards, either Handmade, or Store bought for residents of nursing homes. What a great way to share your creativity, while brightening the day of others!!! Here is their website:
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Look who's 7!!!
My "Baby Girl" at her 7th Birthday party
Sweet Smell of Summer
Sniffing a bloom on the butterfly bush outside our home
A mother of a 5 year old boy and a 8 year old girl. I love being a mom! I married a guy I met in first grade! We married May 18th, 2002.
I wanted to have a place that I could show some of my creations. When my sister is able to visit she always asks me what I have been working on, so I thought this way I could keep her updated! It's also a way to show some of my other friends and family what I have been working on! This also gives me a little push to get some things made and posted.
I hope you enjoy the things you find here, and maybe even find some inspiration! Some of the things found on my Blog are by Stampin' Up! Ask me how you can get the stamps, or feel free to look at the current catalog found in the sidebar.(it will download, it takes a few minutes). Feel free to ask me any questions!